A Namibian 4IR Faces Fundamental Issues

IPPR Research Associate and Secretary of the Internet Society Chapter in Namibia, Roswitha Ndumbu, assesses the prospects for a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Namibia

It’s Time to Reward the Vaccinated

IPPR Executive Director Graham Hopwood argues that it’s time to incentivise the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in this opinion piece in The Namibian

Depleting Natural Capital

IPPR research associate Frederico Links argues that the unsustainable exploitation and unregulated use of Namibia’s natural wealth will have fundamentally damaging consequences for Namibia in an opinion piece published in The Namibian newspaper

COVID-19 exposes housing neglect

IPPR research associates Dietrich Remmert and Pauline Ndhlovu argue that Namibia’s COVID-19 emergency has magnified long-standing policy and implementation failures on crucial issues such as water, sanitation, healthcare and housing in an opinion piece in The Namibian newspaper.

Let’s talk about tax

An opinion article published in The Namibian newspaper in which two Scandinavian academics – Johanna Söderström of Uppsala University and Lise Rakner of Bergen University – discuss the need for Namibians to interrogate the tax system and how it works. The article is based on the preliminary, findings of a forthcoming study: The Everyday Practice […]

Civil society fears low voter turnout

An article in The Namibian newspaper in which IPPR Executive Director Graham Hopwood expresses a concern that voter turnout may be lower this year due to the harsh economic environment and other factors. The full article is here – https://www.namibian.com.na/83443/read/Civil-society-fears-low-voter-turnout

Increase in US-Namibia trade tops Johnson’s priorities

A report on US Ambassador Lisa Johnson’s remarks at the launch of the IPPR report titled ‘African Growth & Opportunity Act: What it Means for Namibian Business’. The full article is here: – https://thepatriot.com.na/index.php/2019/09/13/increase-in-u-s-namibia-trade-tops-johnsons-priorities/

Namibia: Ruling SWAPO jittery over independent candidates

SWAPO party’s dominion over Namibian politics began at independence in March 1990 when the former liberation movement won the first democratic elections but its stranglehold is slowly being tested.Over the past 29 years, the ruling party has consolidated its dominance, with little challenge from the opposition.
The party commands popular support across all age groups, with its strong base in the north-central regions.
As has become tradition, SWAPO is again confident of cruising to victory in the upcoming general elections set for November.

Procurement remains murky

Access to information on government procurement activities remains largely non-transparent despite repeated claims that the new public procurement mechanisms are meant to enhance accountability and transparency.

Namibia should harness the ocean economy to promote growth

In May this year, Debmarine Namibia announced that it will build a state of art diamond recovery ship costing US$ 468 million. The vessel is slated to be operational by the year 2022. When in operation the vessel is expected to harvest 500,000 carats per year. Debmarine, which is a joint venture between Anglo-American and the Namibian Government, has demonstrated its faith in the Ocean economy by continuing to invest in marine diamonds.
Namibia established its Exclusive Economic Zone in 1990 in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.