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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 proposals …

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 rura…

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 illegally …

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 203…

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. The …

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 growin…

Understanding Press Coverage of Cross-Border Migration in Southern Africa Since 2000

"Xenophobia is a distinctive and widespread phenomenon in South and Southern Africa. The print media, in particular, has been accused of exacerbating xenophobic attitudes. This paper discusses press coverage of cross-border migration in Southern Af…

Northern Gateway: Cross-Border Migration Between Namibia and Angola

"Namibia shares its borders with five other SADC countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola. Communities in southern Angola and northern Namibia share deep cultural roots and people along the border have similar cultural practic…

The Quality of Immigration and Citizenship Services in Namibia

"The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) in Namibia has sole responsibility for implementing and managing migration policy and legislation; the registration of births, deaths and marriages; and the issuing of identity documents, passpor…

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. Future…

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 A…

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 poin…

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. - Tex…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 36

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: South Africa and Swaziland: agreements and discussions on security matters and trade; South Africa and Angola and Namibia: Letters to the UN Security council from South Africa and Angola with…

Détente or aggression? - South Africa's Namibian policy

This paper explains that Namibian independence is determined by South African interests in the region, and that Namibian independence will only happen when South Africa wants it, according to its preconditions. The weak link in South Africa’s region…

The future of South West Africa/Namibia a symposium

This paper contains the texts of the four brief introductory statements at a Symposium on “The Future of South West Africa/Namibia”, held at Jan Smuts House in Johannesburg on 25 July 1977. These statements cover the current negotiations in the cont…

New light on South West Africa: Some extracts from and comments on the Odendaal Report

This document is a summary of the Odendaal Report, with comments by the author and a supplementary section dealing with the international position of the territory and with the Republican Government’s decisions to date on the Report. The Commissi…

South West Africa and the international court: Two viewpoints on the 1971 advisory opinion

This document concerns the 1971 Advisory Proceedings on South West Africa in the International Court. The Court proceedings derived from political disputes at the United Nations. Arguments against South Africa were based on an anti-colonial campaig…

Swords into Ploughshares Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa

"Defence integration in the Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been fraught with so many problems. This paper explores the processes in the peace agreement and transitional arrangements from 2003 and 2005. It seeks to put into perspective the challenge…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 58

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: • Namibia - Extracts from the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, effective 21 March 1990. - Statement by the UN Secretary-General, Dr. Perez de Cuellar, at Namibia Independence ce…

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