Source: New Era (Windhoek)
By Paheja Sririka
The lack of or incomplete personal documentations have been associated with many increasing cases of statelessness but the situation becomes incomprehensible when the person is undocumented in their own country.
Although being undocumented is not the same as being stateless, the lack of identity documents such as a birth certificate has the potential and can lead to statelessness.
A collaboration launched in August 2022 between the home affairs ministry, the US government through the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) and its implementing partner, Project HOPE Namibia (PHN), is in the process of ensuring that many families are now able to obtain birth certificates swiftly and easily at selected mobile processing points.
The campaign is primarily focusing on registering undocumented Namibians to acquire national documents and specifically targets over 4 800 beneficiaries of PHN’s Adherence Retention Project for orphans and vulnerable children.