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Dossier November 2019

Namibia. Nothing Surprising.

Ever since it won the first democratic elections, held in November 1989 and supervised by the UN, by a comfortable 57%, the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO, now called the ‘SWAPO Party of Namibia’) has continued to enjoy an absolute majority over its opponents. A majority that grew even further over the years from…

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Economy. Too much inequality.

The structure of the economy of Namibia reflects the contradictions that are typical of all southern Africa. On the one hand, the country may boast of one of the highest per capita incomes in the continent (almost 12,000 dollars which, in terms of 2017 real purchasing power, amounts to five times that of the poorest…

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Namibian Mosaic.

With only 2.6 million inhabitants and an area of 824,292 square kilometres, Namibia presents a particularly complicated ethnic and cultural geography. Low population density and the absence of large urban centres of development (Windhoek, the political capital and the main city of the country, has little more than 300,000 inhabitants) deprive Namibia of the powerful…

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Ethnicity and National Unity.

The SWAPO movement succeeded in bringing on board the different ethnic groups, even co-opting some of the tribal leaders. In Namibia too, as in the rest of Africa, ethnic diversity is a difficult problem to manage. It may be said that the political fortunes of SWAPO were due, leaving aside the fidelity of the Ovambo…

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Advocacy

UN Member States must not walk away from treaty on…

As the power of corporations has grown, so should their responsibility towards human rights and our planet. Yet the reality is that around the world,…

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Baobab

Dancing for Water.

There had been a terrible drought, with intense heat that had dried up the rivers, streams and springs, until there was no water anywhere. The animals…

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Youth & Mission

Ukraine youth. Fighting for Freedom.

In just a few weeks. The dreams and lives of many Ukrainian young people have been completely destroyed. But they continue to fight for their future…

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