With a focus on improved quality of life for all Namibians and particularly the vulnerable members of society, the Social Progression Pillar is the cornerstone of HPP. This Pillar aims to alleviate poverty by arresting hunger poverty; delivering urban land, housing and sanitation; improving access to public healthcare; improving the quality of the public education system and arresting the scourge of gender-based violence and violence against children. The Pillar comprises of 5 Goals and 19 Activities.
Namibia has made meaningful progress in fighting poverty, including income and wealth inequalities. Implementation of Social Progression programmes during HPPI reached a 90% target compliance, with nine out of ten desired outcomes achieved. Access to neo and post-natal care and capacity was improved significantly, while the TVET sector experienced exponential growth of over 99.8% intakes. No Namibian was reported to have died from hunger during the period (2016-2020), despite the country enduring the worst recurrent droughts in recent history. The robust drought relief programme and food bank initiatives in the peri-urban and rural areas of the country safeguarded the most vulnerable from starvation, while rural agricultural extension services helped secure household food security for a number of subsistence farmers.
To deliver on the promise of prosperity for all, the social progression outcomes demand a social compact and enduring partnerships between Government, development partners, business, academia and civil society including the youth.