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.

Order in Parliament

This briefing paper, published as part of the IPPR’s Democracy Report project, seeks to evaluate the appropriateness of parliamentary procedure in the National Assembly in light of fears around executive overreach, reports of disorderly conduct by MPs, and the rise in political temperatures over the past two years.

The Opaque World Of Political Party Finance

This edition of the IPPR’s Perspectives on Parliament bulletin examines the worrying lack of transparency and accountability that marks political party funding in Namibia. In addition, the publication asks if the current Access to Information bill is up to scratch or if it can still be improved? Also in the spotlight is the dispute over […]

Perspectives on Parliament July 2021

This edition of the IPPR’s Perspectives on Parliament bulletin looks at the impact COVID-19 has had on parliament, asks what has happened to the Access to Information bill, and reviews the recent controversy over genocide reparations. Perspectives on Parliament is part of IPPR’s Democracy Report project which is funded by the Embassy of Finland.

The 2019 Election and Gender

This Perspectives on Parliament bulletin looks at the issue of women’s representation in parliament and what the 2019 election result means for the composition of the 7th National Assembly (2020-2025). In addition, party commitments in manifestos on gender-related issues are reviewed and progress towards gender equity across various leadership levels assessed.

The 5th Children’s Parliament

The 5th Children’s Parliament convened at the National Assembly over the 19th to 23rd August 2019. The group comprised 91 learners from all 14 regions who met under the theme “Engaging Young People in the Legislative Process”. In his opening statements, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi stated that “the fundamental aspect of the Children’s Parliament is […]

Gender Analysis and Policy

In Namibia, as in many other countries around the world, men and women receive different treatment due to their gender. In a variety of ways – including but not limited to institutional access, social biases, and cultural values – women are disadvantaged in comparison to men. To combat this gender-based inequality, it is important that […]

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.

Year In Review: 2017

In this edition of Perspectives on Parliament, we take a look at what the National Assembly achieved in 2017. This includes an in-depth discussions of a selection of important bills, as well as a brief description of every bill that passed the house.