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Dossier February 2012

Church – Service and development

The first missionaries to reach Namibia were from the Anglican London Mission Society coming from the Cape region of South Africa. They operated in southern Namibia at the beginning of the XIX century and were soon joined by Lutheran Missionaries. Missions became trading posts and meeting places, and had an ambiguous role during the wars…

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Economy – Fake growth

Since independence Namibia has enjoyed steady – but deceiving – economic growth. Per capita income in 2010 was estimated at US$5600, a high figure compared to other African countries. However, numbers hide the reality, since there is great inequality in income distribution. 35% of the population lives below the poverty line, and over 50% lives…

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Society – In the making

After independence, the country adopted economic structures that cannot allow for growth. At the moment, the country experiences a yearly growth around 3%. To plan for real development, Namibia would need much more than that, 7 to 10%. There is 51% unemployment; among the youth it is more than 60%. The government is the largest…

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History – Wandering nation

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  People have been wandering the vast plains of what today is Namibia from time immemorial. Ancient cave paintings in the southern Huns Mountains are dated 27,000 B.C. and similar rock art has also been found in northwest Namibia. These are believed to have been the work of hunter-gatherers, successful at surviving in the bush…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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