Namibia is an upper middle income country located in the Southern Africa region. The population in 2020 was estimated at 2,541,000, with 52% female and 48% male. Namibia’s socio-economic development aspiration, as expressed in its long-term vision (Vision 2030), is to become a prosperous, industrialized country transformed by its skilled and agile human capital. Namibia has a relatively young population, with around 37% under the age of 15. Its current population growth rate is estimated at 1.9%, but is expected to decline to 1.7% by 2030. Almost 60% of the population today belongs to the working age group, between 15 and 64 years old. . Due to the large number of young women who will soon enter childbearing age, Namibia’s population is expected to continue to grow significantly over the next few years, even as the fertility rate declines.
This investment case provides the evidence needed to achieve the transformative results of (a) ending unmet need for family planning and (b) ending gender-based violence (GBV) by 2030 in Namibia. Smart investments in these transformative outcomes are the “best buy” to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Investments in these transformative outcomes are expected to have high returns in terms of health and non-health benefits for individuals, families and society.