Parliament In The Budget
The legislature’s direct share from the budget has increased significantly but are Namibian taxpayers getting value for their money?
Parliament’s Agenda For Change
Parliament’s Agenda for Change report dates back to 1995. The ‘Agenda’ has again been referenced during the rollout of recent initiatives around the Namibian parliament, but what exactly is the ‘Agenda for Change’ and is the report still relevant after so many years?
Changes To Electoral Law Looming
Throughout 2022, electoral authorities gathered comments and inputs from stakeholders with a view to parliament amending the Electoral Act of 2014 before the 2024 national elections.
Political Parties Failing To Account For Funds
As the 2023/24 national budget is tabled in the National Assembly, many of the political parties in parliament are failing to lawfully and properly account for their finances.
Thinking About Data Protection
A draft data protection bill has been made public and it is clear that it requires a lot more work before it should be tabled in parliament. This Perspectives on Parliament bulletin includes both IPPR and Legal Assistance Centre commentaries on the bill – which have been submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communication […]
Public Trust In Parliament In Decline
Public perceptions of the Namibian Parliament continue to trend towards the negative – reflecting a broader decline in trust in political and government institutions over the years.
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 […]
Mid-Year Budget Review 22/23: Analysis
Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi tabled Namibia’s Mid-Year Budget Review in the National Assembly on 25 October 2022. This analysis looks at key aspects of the budget including growth prospects, an unexpected upturn in revenue, the tendency to increase spending rather than pay down debt, the overall fiscal picture, and whether the budget documents disclose enough […]
MPs’ Assets Register Remains A Concern
National Assembly MPs are supposed to submit their assets and interests declarations every year but the system is in disarray with widespread non-compliance and lax enforcement of the rules. Our latest Perspectives on Parliament bulletin looks at situation as another deadline for MPs to submit their details is about to pass.