2023-24: National Budget Review
With the economy continuing to recover from the blows struck by COVID, revenues are on the rise aided by a N$10 billion increase in the SACU subsidy. In view of the increased fiscal space, cash transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable were increased. Rising public debt remains a worry. But it does seem that […]
Namibia’s Green Transition
Climate change is likely to have huge implications for Namibia’s society and economy over the short, medium and long term. Namibia will stand a better chance of tackling the challenges caused by climate change if it prepares for them and enacts the right policies and actions at the right time. While Namibia has a well-established […]
Data Protection Bill: Not Fit For Purpose
This review of the proposed Data Protection Bill for Namibia argues that the draft law requires further development to ensure that it meets the requirements of a contemporary data protection framework. The sections on the independence of the Supervisory Authority need to be reconsidered and substantially redrafted, and sections concerning offences, penalties, and administrative penalties […]
Civil Society Sustainability Index – Namibia
This short paper was prepared by the IPPR for the CSO Sustainability Index (2021) – covering issues facing Namibian civil society across seven dimensions: Legal Environment, Organisational Capacity, Financial Viability, Advocacy, Service Provision, Sectoral Infrastructure, and Public Image. The report is based on the comments and scores of a panel of civil society experts combined […]
Local & Regional Councils: Governance Assessment 2022
The Local and Regional Government Annual Assessment is a new IPPR publication which is planned to appear in the last quarter of each calendar year. Assessments are based on the levels of transparency and accountability exhibited by each of Namibia’s 14 regional councils along with a geographically representative subset of 18 of the country’s 57 […]
After Fishrot: Urgent Need For Transparency & Accountability
In the three years since the news of the Fishrot corruption scandal made global headlines, nothing has been done to reform the highly secretive way in which the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources operates. This briefing paper calls for a complete opening up of the fisheries sector and urges the Ministry to publish full […]
The Potential For Open Contracting In Namibia
Publishing the contracts and licences that government signs with mining, oil and gas companies is now on the radar in Namibia – after government committed to introducing international best practices on transparency and accountability by 2025.
Namibia’s Tourism Industry – Rising From The Ashes?
This new paper asks how Namibia’s tourism industry can recover from the impact of the COVID pandemic – gradual recovery or disruptive transformation?
Almost Everything You Wanted To Know About Green Hydrogen & Namibia
Namibia’s ambitious plans to enter the green hydrogen market will have major implications for Namibia’s macroeconomy and public finances. While the project is exciting and a potential ‘game-changer’ for Namibia, the public should keep a close eye on developments and insist on transparency. This primer on green hydrogen and Namibia sheds light on the challenges […]
2022-23: National Budget Review
With the economy only slowly starting to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022-23 national budget was a mostly modest affair. Revenue was once again limited. With public debt still threatening to spiral out of control, the minister sought to limit the size of the deficit by imposing restraints on spending. Despite […]