Building Sustainable Institutional Capacity to Eliminate Malnutrition in Namibia

Since June 2020, NAFSAN receives start-up support by GIZ to establish itself as vibrant Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition and Food Security in Namibia. 

The Objective is to ensure NAFSAN’s sustainability as an innovative Alliance of Namibian Civil Society Organisations, Academic Institutions, Private Sector Companies and committed individuals, that is effectively and collaboratively working together with the Namibian Government, UN Agencies and International Donors towards the elimination of malnutrition in Namibia.

A key activity of this project is to host a series of Engagement Talks and Networking Events in April and September 2021.

NAFSAN is committed to continue providing such information, resources and networking opportunities around food and nutrition security in Namibia.

1.  Outcomes, Activities & Indicators

The following three outcomes will be achieved during this year through this grant agreement, and they will be clearly visible through their respective activities/indicators:

Outcome 1:

NAFSAN has become a strong, sustainable, membership-based organisation

Specific activities and respective indicators linked to this first outcome:

1.1.     Sufficient administrative and management capacity is established, for the organisation to be fully operational and well-positioned to attract future funding;

1.2.     Substantial membership base of at least 60 active members has been cultivated, and at least one General Meeting of its members was successfully facilitated;

1.3.     A clear yet flexible Sustainability Strategy for the next five years has been developed and includes funding for NASFAN’s core activities until at least 2025.

1.4.     Multiple international donors have been approached and in-person visits to or virtual meetings with partners in Germany took place, and at least two (2) major proposals were submitted.


Outcome 2:

NAFSAN is actively supporting coordinated action towards improved nutrition

Specific activities and respective indicators linked to this second outcome:


2.1.     …actively participated in regular meetings of the national Food and Nutrition Security Council under the Office of the Prime Minister of Namibia.

2.2.     …established linkages and actively supports collaboration between researchers, practitioners, community organisations and policy makers to improve application of evidence-based knowledge around nutrition and sustainable food security;

2.3.     …identified, listed and curated nutrition-related IEC materials that already exists in Namibia, to ensure everyone has easily access to such resources, while NAFSAN has also identified gaps with regard to the development of further materials;

2.4.     …facilitated at least four (4) cross-sectoral networking sessions that bring diverse stakeholders together to share ideas and constructively discuss how coordination of effective nutrition action will be improved.


Outcome 3:

NAFSAN is recognised as a competent advisory and advocacy body

Specific activities and respective indicators linked to this third outcome:


3.1.     …increased national media coverage of nutrition-related information with at least four (4) direct appearances on national television, and is actively engaged on at least two (2) social media platforms to promote nutrition-specific and -sensitive actions within the Namibian context;

3.2.     …produced practical and context-specific information, education and communication (IEC) materials to encourage nutrition-related actions and behaviour among Namibians and made such materials available on its website.

3.3.     influenced relevant legislation and policies by pro-actively engaging with key decision makers and parliamentarians to advocate for improved nutrition;

3.4.     …established a group of at least five (5) Nutrition Champions, including one (1) high-level Namibian ‘Leader for Nutrition’ who might be able to join the African Development Bank’s African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative.