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Namibia: Towards a Logistics Hub for Southern Africa

"Namibia’s New Investment Bill represents a new foreign direct investment (FDI) regime in line with a recent shift in the developing world away from liberal FDI regulation, which favours foreign investors and restricts the state’s right to regula…

Indirect Colonial Rule and the Political Salience of Ethnicity

"This paper identifies indirect colonial rule as an important determinant of whether ethnicity becomes politically salient in the post-colonial context. We first demonstrate the existence of a cross-national relationship between indirect colonial ru…

Two Decades of Election Observation by the African Union: A Review

This article discusses the various phases the African Union Election Observation Missions (AUEOMs) have passed through since participation by the Organization of African Unity OAU in the UN-led mission to monitor Namibia’s referendum in 1989. The …

Youth Unemployment in Africa: Capacity Building and Innovative Strategies from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland

Worldwide, as well as in every African country, jobs and opportunity for the youth are consistently at the top of development agendas. By 2050, 29 percent of the total world youth population will live in Africa. For African countries, youth represen…

The Trade Reform of SACU: Country Case Studies on Regional Integration

This discussion paper draws on the perspectives of business and researchers in the BLNS to identify the main infrastructure and regulatory barriers to the development of intra-SACU value chains, and to assess how the alleviation of these impediments…

Food Remittances: Migration and Food Security in Africa

Cash remittances have grown rapidly over the past two decades and are now at an all-time high. The World Bank estimates that international remittances reached USD436 billion in 2014, and predicts that they will increase to USD601 billion in 2016. …

Climate-smart Agriculture in Namibia

Cattle play a vital role in the agricultural economy of Namibia. As one of the driest countries on the planet, crop production is second to livestock in importance due to the presence of perennial grass species which are resistant to moisture stress…

OTT - Threat or Opportunity for African Telcos?

Mobile broadband and declining smart phone prices have lead to a rapid increase in Internet use. Computer based Internet access was and still is the privilege of the few in Africa, mostly those with formal jobs, students and those that access it i…

Providing Basic Public Services remains a Challenge for Namibia's Government

In its Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Namibian government echoes concerns about its ability to deliver high-quality services as “a prerequisite for rapid growth, job creation and poverty eradication”. The plan calls for stronger performance managemen…

Towards Maximising the Demographic Dividend in Namibia

The primary objective of this study was to assess Namibia’s prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend and to identify priority options for maximising the dividend. Demographic change has implications for the realisation of these ambitions. T…

Views of Namibia's Economy Darken Sharply; Youth more likely to Consider Emigration

In the past two years, Namibia’s economy has struggled. In 2016, the country saw two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth, officially plunging it into a depression, followed by the first year since 1993 to record a de…

Pathways to Climate Resilient Livelihoods in the KAZA TFCA

The Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) has a dual economy. Tourism – the most lucrative economic activity that the area’s conservation status allows – attracts a secure, if seasonal, income. Meanwhile, many of the almost …

Living with Wildlife: Better Livelihoods in a Transfrontier Conservation Area

Human–wildlife conflict in a conservation area compromises the livelihoods of those living within its boundaries and undermines conservation goals. Laying a path towards climate resilient livelihoods helps local communities benefit from tourism, whi…

Namibians Look to Social Movement to Prompt Government Action on Land Reform

Access to land is a contentious issue in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a legacy of colonialism and accompanying dispossession. While neighbouring South Africa has moved toward expropriation without compensation, Namibia’s debate has highlighted …

ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

"The research reported in this volume was undertaken at a time when the poor were starting to take part in the information society through the usage of ICTs. Current stories were and still are encountered in the press every day on how the mobile pho…

Seabed Mining: Lessons from the Namibian Experience

"Until recently, exploiting valuable minerals in deep waters beyond the continental shelf has not been commercially or technologically viable. Closer to shore, limited seabed mining operations have been developed for a range of commodities, includi…

Namibia Political Party Prospects Leading to the 2009 Elections

This briefing paper examines the 2009 elections in Namibia to determine if the new parties formed for this election can break the monopoly of voters for the ruling party, SWAPO. The survey focused on the party support for the various parties and to …

Governance and Democracy Attitudes in Higher Performing African Countries

"In this comparison, preference for democracy, rejection of authoritarian alternatives, existence of free and fair elections, preference for elections, and the importance of inputs from voters are considered to gauge popular commitments to democrati…

Democracy without Democrats? Results from the 2003 Afrobarometer Survey in Namibia

Based on a national sample survey conducted in Namibia as part of Afrobarometer Round 2, this report finds that, even though democracy is yet to become consolidated at the attitudinal level, Namibia appears to be a “democracy without democrats.” Thi…

Perils and Complexity of Democratic Values in Namibia

Namibia has been unique in its transition to democracy. This is illustrated in the formal role of the international community during the transition and in the expression of democratic values and practices measured by international indices. Namibia …

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