Land and Livelihoods in Namibia


27 Sep 2018

The Economic Association of Namibia (EAN) has published a great number of articles on issues of economic importance in Namibia over a number of years. Many of the articles relate to matters concerned with land and livelihoods, which are issues that feature heavily in our debate and discourse. This booklet reproduces those articles in a single volume, for ease of consumption and reference.

For many years, the Association has espoused the benefits of focusing on policy interventions that unshackle the potential of the Namibian people, catalysing this potential towards greater development, building capacity and wealth, and ultimately breaking the chains of poverty and inequality that continue to hamper far too many Namibians. Key interventions such as improving access to ownership of urban land (rather than providing houses); increasing land ownership opportunities in communal areas; enhancing access to savings mechanisms; stimulating cash-multipliers in rural societies; and strategic, evidence based, intervention and restitution on communal and commercial land form but a few of the proposals tabled by the EAN.

Many of these proposals are now being given the consideration that they clearly deserve. The EAN is proud of its contribution in making these and other proposals, as well as its track record of sparking discourse and debate to improve the lives of Namibians, however challenging these debates may be.

In this regard, the EAN regularly takes an independent and objective position on critical and emotional issues, where such views are founded in research and evidence. However, at the same time, the Association appreciates the human, often emotional, factors at play in decision making and public opinion.

This booklet on Land and Livelihoods comes at an important time, as the Namibian economy shows lackluster performance at best, and as unemployment, inequality and poverty show undesirable trends. The contents of this booklet provide extensive insight and recommendations on policy interventions and options that can help lead Namibia out of these challenging times.

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