Namibia

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 143,764
  • % of total
  • 5.6%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 472,113
  • % of total
  • 18.2%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 100%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Income group
  • Upper middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Old Age Pension (OAP)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 1949
  • Administrative Organisation
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Constitution (Article 95), National Pensions Act of 1992

2015

Government of Namibia: Old Age and Disability Grants webpage

Eligibility criteria

  • Age of eligibility
  • 60
  • Targeting approach
  • Universal
  • Detailed eligibility criteria
  • Namibian citizens or permanent residents who attained the age of 60 years.
  • References and notes

Adequacy

Coverage

2015

2015

Cost

  • Total cost (local currency)
  • 1,827,264,000 Namibian Dollar N$
  • Cost as % of GDP
  • 1.2%
  • References and notes

HelpAge produced the following video as part of a longer film "Social Protection for Older People in Africa". It looks at the economic impacts of the universal pension in Nambia.

The International Labour Organisation also used some of this material to produce a shorter video.

Resources on the pension in Namibia

  • Namibian budget 2013/14

    Year: 2013 | Published by: Government of Namibia

    Author: Government of Namibia

    Namibian budget for 2013/14 - documenting a rise in the pension to $600

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