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HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in Namibia

"This report is a summary of national HIV/AIDS policies, strategic frameworks, legislation, guidelines and court cases in Namibia as they relate to HIV/AIDS and human rights. A national consultant in Namibia collected the relevant documents, answe...

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 ...

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. Th...

Commercialisation of Land in Namibia's Communal Land Areas: A Critical Look at Potential Irrigation Projects in Kavango East and Zambezi Regions

Large-scale land acquisitions by both foreign and local investors for agriculture, forestry and wildlife purposes, among others, remain a major challenge for African governments. The Namibian government through various ministries received proposal...

Understanding Land Acquisitions in Namibia's Communal Land: Impacts and Policy Implications

The Namibian government received proposals from multinational agribusinesses to develop large-scale agricultural irrigation projects. While only a few of these proposed large-scale projects have materialised, the magnitude of their impacts on ru...

Land Grabbing from within: Learning from Grazing Disputes in Western Kavango, Namibia

"A long-standing grazing dispute in Western Kavango Region in northern Namibia provides critical lessons on the challenges that people living in communal areas face to secure their land rights. In this case, several large livestock owners illegall...

Large-Scale Land Deals in Southern Africa: Voices of the People

"The dramatic growth in big land deals over the past decade is a phenomenon not specific to Southern Africa. It is part of what has been termed a ‘global land rush’ following food price spikes, financial crisis and fuel price volatility (and grow...

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 repres...

Namibians See Increased Corruption; Business Executives Now Top List of 'Most Corrupt'

"Corruption has yet to gain prominence as a public policy issue in Namibia. Most respondents to the 2014 Afrobarometer survey in Namibia do not rank corruption among the top priorities that the government needs to address. Other surveys rank Namib...

Gender in Namibia: Growing Support for Women's Leadership, Concerns About Violence

"Namibians express increasing levels of support for women in political leadership, but Namibian women continue to trail men slightly in their interest in public affairs and participation in civic action, according to the latest Afrobarometer surve...

Policies for Enhanced Livestock Productivity and Wealth Creation in a Changing Climate

Agriculture in Africa is changing rapidly. Agriculture and livestock systems are among the most climate sensitive economic sectors. The sector employs between 70 and 90 per cent of the total labour force in Africa and supplies up to 50 per cent ...

Building on Progress: Infrastructure Development Still a Major Challenge in Africa

"Infrastructure is a bedrock for development. As an essential part of a supportive environment for investment and livelihood, adequate infrastructure promotes economic growth, reduces poverty, and improves delivery of health and other services. Th...

Turning Vision into Reality: Namibia's long term Development Outlook

This paper uses the International Futures (IFs) forecasting system, which first presents a plausible long-term population forecast for Namibia. This forecast is then used to assess key targets from the National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2...

Settlement of the Namibian dispute: A question of political will

This brief report describes recent problems that held up implementation of the Western-sponsored UN plan for Namibian independence, whose success depends on the degree of political will and determination on the part of the contending parties. Futu...

East Germans in Angola

This brief report deals with three topics: the presence of East German paratroops in Angola, possible reasons for Mr Kaunda’s muted response to Rhodesian raids into Zambia, and the international implications of the upcoming elections in South West...

Namibia and the sanctions controversy

The Foreign Minister’s European visit culminated on his return with statements about possible sanctions. The controversy obscured the realities of continuing negotiations on Namibia, and confused the public by implying that negotiations will be po...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 56

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: • South Africa, Namibia and Angola - Texts of UN Security Council Resolution 628 and 629, 16 January 1989 ; 632, 16 February 1989. - Text of UN Council for Namibia Decree No. 1. - T...

EISA Regional Observer mission report: Namibia Presidential and national assembly elections 15-16 November 2004

"The report outlines the EISA Observer mission's assessment, findings and analysis of the electoral process in all its phases, specifically the pre-election phase, the polling, counting and post-election phases which include the proclamation of th...

South West Africa - The aftermath of the judgment

This article describes the revocation by the United Nations General Assembly of South Africa’s mandate over South West Africa, and the appointment of a United Nations administration for the territory. This was the culmination of a dispute between ...

Swapo and 'Unscientific socialism'

This Brief Report examines SWAPO’s constitutional proposals, which will form the basis of its political campaign for the independence elections in Namibia. If SWAPO wins the elections, this will become the constitution and economic policy of the n...

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