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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

Women’s Resistance to Mining.

Throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, there is no dearth of stories where communities have been forced to leave their lands to make way for…

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Baobab

The man with seven dogs

Once upon a time, there lived a man called John who was a hunter as well as a magician. John had seven dogs and seven large…

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Youth & Mission

The Future of the Natural World.

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of our planet, are doing…

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