Key demographic indicators

45.2 PER 1,000 LIVE BIRTHS

Under-five mortality rate

2,459,000

Population

Disparities by household wealth

Oral rehydration:
Children under five with receiving ORS (%)

Secondary education:
Net attendance ratio in secondary education (%)

Birth registration:
Children under age 5 whose births are registered (%)

Child Protection

Children aged 5-14 years engaged in child labour (%)
0
Children aged 2 to 14 years who experienced any violent discipline (psychological aggression and/or physical punishment) in the past month (%)
0

Early Childhood

Attendance in early childhood education(%)
0
Support for learning (any household member) (%)
Support for learning (father) (%)
0
Learning materials at home – children's books (%)
0
Learning materials at home – playthings (%)
0
Children left in inadequate care (%)
0

 

A well developed and functioning civil registration system ensures the registration of all vital events including births, marriages and deaths and issues relevant certificates as proof of such registration. Civil registration promotes efficient government planning, effective use of resources and aid, and more accurate monitoring of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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Legal framework for birth registration Births, Marriages and Deaths Registration Act, No. 81 (1963)
Official authorities in charge of registering births Ministry of Health (notification);

Ministry of Home Affairs (registration)

Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register the birth of a child? Yes
Is an official birth certificate issued as a result of birth registration? Yes, immediately

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Legal informant to register a birth Mother or father, Guardian, Social worker
Time allowed for registration 14 days (urban areas), 28 days (rural areas)
Fee for birth registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived?
Fee for birth certificate No
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the birth registration process No
Requirements or fees specific to children who are eligible for citizenship but were born outside the country No
Requirements or fees specific to children whose parents are foreign nationals No
Requirements for birth registration Identification of the child’s father, Father’s consent, Identification of the child’s mother, Mother’s consent, Marriage certificate or proof of marriage (if applicable), Birth notification from hospital, Name of the child

If the child is orphaned or abandoned, a report from social worker is required; the social worker will choose a name and surname for the child if unknown.

Information collected Regarding the child: Name, Date of birth, Sex,  Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Type of place of occurrence (hospital, home, etc.),  Name of health facility (if applicable), Place of registration, Type of birth (single, twin, triplet and so forth)

Regarding the mother of the child: Date of birth or age, Marital status, Date of marriage, Educational attainment, Place of usual residence, Place/country of birth, Birth order parity

Regarding the father of the child: Date of birth or age, Marital status, Date of marriage, Educational attainment, Place of usual residence

Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Magistrate office, Hospital/health centre, Place of occurrence of the birth
A birth certificate is required for: Identification, Travel, Education, Voting, Inheritance, Obtaining social assistance
Process for establishing vital statistics on births The data are processed on an annual basis at the Namibia Statistics Agency.

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Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

Legal framework for marriage registration Marriage Act No. 25 (1961) and amendments
Official authorities in charge of registering a marriage Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration
Organizational structure Centralized
Legal age for marriage 21 years old for both sexes
Is there a legal obligation to register marriages? Yes
Is an official marriage certificate issued as a result of marriage registration?  Yes, immediately

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Legal informant to register a marriage Marriage officer
Time allowed for registration 3 days
Fee for marriage registration Yes
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for marriage certificate No
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the marriage registration process No
Additional registration requirements or fees if one spouse was born outside the country or has dual citizenship No
Requirements for marriage registration Presence of spouses at solemnization, Proof of spouses’ age, Witness to the marriage
Information collected Regarding the spouses: Date of birth or age of bride, Place of usual residence of bride, Date of birth or age of groom, Place of usual residence of groom, Identification numbers of spouses

Regarding the marriage: Date of occurrence, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Designation number and full name of marriage officer

Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Place of occurrence of the marriage
A marriage certificate is required for: Registering children, Accessing health services, Transferring or sharing land ownership
Process for establishing vital statistics on marriage Data on marriage registration are currently not processed by the Namibia Statistics Agency.

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Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

Legal framework for death registration Births, Marriages and Deaths Registration Act, No. 81 (1963)
Official authorities in charge of registering a death Ministry of Health and Social Service, and Police (notification);

Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Department of Civil Registration (registration)

Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register deaths? Yes
Is an official death certificate issued as a result of death registration?  Yes, immediately

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Legal informant to register a death Relative [of the deceased], Police
Time allowed for registration Within 24 hours (urban areas), within 14 days (rural areas)
Fee for death registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for death certificate No
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the death registration process No
Registration requirements or fees specific for the deaths of people who were residents in the country and also of foreign nationality No
Requirements for death registration Medical death certificate, Identification card, Date of death
Information collected Regarding the deceased: Name, Sex, Date of birth or age, Marital status, Place of usual residence

Regarding the death: Date of death, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Cause of death, Certifier

Information collected in case of fetal death Date of occurrence of fetal delivery, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Sex of the fetus, Date of birth or age of the mother, Date of marriage of the mother, Place of usual residence of the mother, Date of birth or age of the father, Place of usual residence of the father
Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Hospital/health centre, Place of occurrence of the death
A death certificate is required for: Cremation, Burial, Inheritance, Obtaining social assistance
Process for establishing vital statistics on deaths The data are processed on an annual basis at the Namibia Statistics Agency.

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Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

MICS

Since its inception in 1995, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, known as MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. In countries as diverse as Costa Rica, Mali and Qatar, trained fieldwork teams conduct face-to-face interviews with household members on a variety of topics – focusing mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women.