Swapo MPs mum during question time

Only one Swapo MP asked questions last year during National Assembly question-and-answer sessions (Q&As).
An overview, which forms of a study by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), authored by Max Weylandt and Ndeapo Wolf, showed that out of 159 parliamentary questions, only eight (around 5%) were asked by Swapo, and all by one MP, Veikko Nekundi.

IPPR hits back

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), as the local partner of the Afrobarometer survey, has expressed concern over comments made by some government officials who have suggested the survey has an agenda to turn Namibians against the government.

Geingob’s approval rating soars

While a majority of Namibians gave the government bad grades for its handling of issues such as job creation and the economy, President Hage Geingob scored high in terms of public approval and trust, according to the latest round of the Afrobarometer that gauges public opinion on governance, democracy and related matters.

Peer Review Progress Taking Shape

Just over a year after Namibia officially joined the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) dozens of civil society organisations and stakeholders met for two days in Windhoek last week to help navigate Namibia’s role as a member of the APRM.
The two day training workshop was facilitated and organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

Shift Focus from Housing to Tenure

An urgent reframing on the way the authorities are addressing the issue of housing in order to address informal settlement growth is needed.
In a review published by John Mendelsohn of Raison on the recently published results of a study on the supply of land and homes to low-income residents by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), the author highlights that discussions on the crucial topic need to shift focus, especially when it comes to the “pervasive use of the term housing.”

IPPR defiant after Tweya barbs

The barbed reaction by information and communication technology minister Tjekero Tweya to the findings of the ‘Access Denied’ report, highlighting the dire state of access to information in Namibia’s public and private sectors, has been met with disappointment and a firm rebuttal by its authors.
The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) on Tuesday promptly defended its report, which was published in December last year, and said is stands by the findings and research methods.

Land Bill Is Too Simplistic

The Namibian Sun reports on our latest briefing on the land bill (full report here). Please note that as of writing, reading articles in the Sun requires registering with their service.