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Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of the Zambezi River separates the two countries. Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek, and it is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.Namibia, the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa,WEB,weblink Namibia country profile: moving on from a difficult past, Peter Shadbolt, CNN, 24 October 2012, was inhabited since early times by the San, Damara and Nama people. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu peoples arrived as part of the Bantu expansion. Since then, the Bantu groups, the largest being the Aawambo, have dominated the population of the country; since the late 19th century, they have constituted a majority.In 1878, the Cape of Good Hope, then a British colony, annexed the port of Walvis Bay and the offshore Penguin Islands; these became an integral part of the new Union of South Africa at its creation in 1910. In 1884 the German Empire established rule over most of the territory, forming a colony known as German South West Africa. It developed farming and infrastructure. Between 1904 and 1908 it perpetrated a genocide against the Herero and Nama people. German rule ended in 1915 with a defeat by South African forces. In 1920, after the end of World War I, the League of Nations mandated the administration of the colony to South Africa. It imposed its laws, including racial classifications and rules. From 1948, with the National Party elected to power, South Africa applied apartheid also to what was then known as South West Africa.In the later 20th century, uprisings and demands for political representation by native African political activists seeking independence resulted in the UN assuming direct responsibility over the territory in 1966, but South Africa maintained de facto rule. In 1973 the UN recognised the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) as the official representative of the Namibian people; the party is dominated by the Aawambo, who are a large plurality in the territory. Following continued guerrilla warfare, South Africa installed an interim administration in Namibia in 1985. Namibia obtained full independence from South Africa in 1990. However, Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands remained under South African control until 1994.Namibia has a population of 2.6 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry â€“ including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals â€“ form the basis of its economy. The large, arid Namib Desert has resulted in Namibia being overall one of the least densely populated countries in the world.

Etymology

The name of the country is derived from the Namib Desert, considered to be the oldest desert in the world.Spriggs, A. (2001) {{WWF ecoregion|name=Africa: Namibia|id=at1315}} The name Namib itself is of Nama origin and means "vast place". Before its independence in 1990, the area was known first as German South-West Africa (Deutsch-Südwestafrika), then as South-West Africa, reflecting the colonial occupation by the Germans and the South Africans (technically on behalf of the British crown reflecting South Africa's dominion status within the British Empire).

History

Pre-colonial period

File:Buschmannkinder.jpg|thumb|San people are Namibia's oldest indigenous inhabitants.]]The dry lands of Namibia have been inhabited since early times by San, Damara, and Nama. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu people began to arrive during the Bantu expansion from central Africa.From the late 18th century onward, Oorlam people from Cape Colony crossed the Orange River and moved into the area that today is southern Namibia.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081015021238weblink">weblink 15 October 2008, Dierks, Klaus, Klaus Dierks, Biographies of Namibian Personalities, A, 24 June 2010, Their encounters with the nomadic Nama tribes were largely peaceful. They received the missionaries accompanying the Oorlam very well,WEB, Dierks, Klaus, Klaus Dierks, Warmbad becomes two hundred years,weblink Klausdierks.com, 22 June 2010, granting them the right to use waterholes and grazing against an annual payment.{{sfn|Vedder|1997|p=177}} On their way further north, however, the Oorlam encountered clans of the OvaHerero at Windhoek, Gobabis, and Okahandja, who resisted their encroachment. The Nama-Herero War broke out in 1880, with hostilities ebbing only after the German Empire deployed troops to the contested places and cemented the status quo among the Nama, Oorlam, and Herero.{{sfn|Vedder|1997|p=659}}The first Europeans to disembark and explore the region were the Portuguese navigators Diogo Cão in 1485 and Bartolomeu Dias in 1486, but the Portuguese did not try to claim the area. Like most of interior Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia was not extensively explored by Europeans until the 19th century. At that time traders and settlers came principally from Germany and Sweden. In the late 19th century, Dorsland Trekkers crossed the area on their way from the Transvaal to Angola. Some of them settled in Namibia instead of continuing their journey.

German rule

{{see also|German South West Africa|Herero and Namaqua genocide}}(File:Kirche denkmal nam.jpg|thumb|German church and monument to colonists in Windhoek, Namibia.)Namibia became a German colony in 1884 under Otto von Bismarck to forestall perceived British encroachment and was known as German South West Africa (Deutsch-Südwestafrika).WEB, German South West Africa, Encyclopædia Britannica,weblink 15 April 2008, The Palgrave Commission by the British governor in Cape Town determined that only the natural deep-water harbour of Walvis Bay was worth occupying and thus annexed it to the Cape province of British South Africa.From 1904 to 1907, the Herero and the Namaqua took up arms against brutal German colonialism. In calculated punitive action by the German occupiers, government officials ordered extinction of the natives in the OvaHerero and Namaqua genocide. In what has been called the "first genocide of the 20th century",WEB, David Olusoga,weblink Dear Pope Francis, Namibia was the 20th century's first genocide, The Guardian, 18 April 2015, 26 November 2015, the Germans systematically killed 10,000 Nama (half the population) and approximately 65,000 Herero (about 80% of the population).Drechsler, Horst (1980). The actual number of deaths in the limited number of battles with the Germany Schutztruppe (expeditionary force) were limited; most of the deaths occurred after fighting had ended. The German military governor Lothar von Trotha issued an explicit extermination order, and many Herero died of disease and abuse in detention camps after being taken from their land. A substantial minority of Herero crossed the Kalahari desert into the British colony of Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), where a small community continues to live in western Botswana near to border with Namibia. Let us die fighting, originally published (1966) under the title Südwestafrika unter deutscher Kolonialherrschaft. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag. The survivors, when finally released from detention, were subjected to a policy of dispossession, deportation, forced labour, racial segregation, and discrimination in a system that in many ways anticipated the apartheid established by South Africa in 1948.Most Africans were confined to so-called native territories, which under South African rule after 1949 were turned into "homelands" (Bantustans). Some historians have speculated that the German genocide in Namibia was a model for the Nazis in the Holocaust. The memory of genocide remains relevant to ethnic identity in independent Namibia and to relations with Germany.Reinhart Kössler and Henning Melber, "Völkermord und Gedenken: Der Genozid an den Herero und Nama in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1904–1908," ("Genocide and memory: the genocide of the Herero and Nama in German South-West Africa, 1904–08") Jahrbuch zur Geschichte und Wirkung des Holocaust 2004: 37–75 The German government formally apologized for the Namibian genocide in 2004.WEB, Andrew Meldrum, German minister says sorry for genocide in Namibia,weblink The Guardian, 15 August 2004, 26 October 2018,

South African mandate

{{see also|South West Africa}}During World War I, South African troops under General Louis Botha occupied the territory and deposed the German colonial administration. The end of the war and the Treaty of Versailles left South Africa in possession of South West Africa as a League of Nations mandate.BOOK, Rajagopal, Balakrishnan, International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance, 2003, 50–68, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978-0521016711, The mandate system was formed as a compromise between those who advocated for an Allied annexation of former German and Turkish territories and a proposition put forward by those who wished to grant them to an international trusteeship until they could govern themselves. It permitted the South African government to administer South West Africa until that territory's inhabitants were prepared for political self-determination.BOOK, Louis, William Roger, Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonization, 2006, 251–261, I.B. Tauris & Company, Ltd, London, 978-1845113476, South Africa interpreted the mandate as a veiled annexation and made no attempt to prepare South West Africa for future autonomy.As a result of the Conference on International Organization in 1945, the League of Nations was formally superseded by the United Nations (UN) and former League mandates by a trusteeship system. Article 77 of the United Nations Charter stated that UN trusteeship "shall apply...to territories now held under mandate"; furthermore, it would "be a matter of subsequent agreement as to which territories in the foregoing territories will be brought under the trusteeship system and under what terms".BOOK, Vandenbosch, Amry, South Africa and the World: The Foreign Policy of Apartheid, 1970, 207–224, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 978-0813164946, The UN requested all former League of Nations mandates be surrendered to its Trusteeship Council in anticipation of their independence. South Africa declined to do so and instead requested permission from the UN to formally annex South West Africa, for which it received considerable criticism. When the UN General Assembly rejected this proposal, South Africa dismissed its opinion and began solidifying control of the territory. The UN responded by deferring to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which held a number of discussions on the legality of South African rule between 1949 and 1966.BOOK, First, Ruth, Segal, Ronald, South West Africa, 1963, 169–193, Penguin Books, Incorporated, Baltimore, 978-0844620619, (File:Namibia homelands 78.jpeg|thumb|Map depicting the Police Zone (in tan) and tribal homelands (in red) as they existed in 1978. Self-governing tribal homelands appear as tan with red stripes.)(File:Namibia.jpg|thumb|Foreign Observer identification badge issued during the 1989 Namibian election)South Africa began imposing apartheid, its codified system of racial segregation and discrimination, on South West Africa during the late 1940s.BOOK, Crawford, Neta, Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, and Humanitarian Intervention, 2002, 333–336, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978-0521002790, Black South West Africans were subject to pass laws, curfews, and a host of draconian residential regulations that heavily restricted their movement. Development was concentrated in the region of the country immediately adjacent to South Africa, formally called the "Police Zone", where most of the German colonial era settlements and mines were. Outside the Police Zone, indigenous peoples were restricted to theoretically self-governing tribal homelands.BOOK, The Devils Are Among Us: The War for Namibia, Herbstein, Denis, Evenson, John, Zed Books Ltd, 1989, 978-0862328962, London, 14–23, During the late 1950s and early 1960s, pressure for global decolonisation and national self-determination began mounting on the African continent; these factors had a radical impact on South West African nationalism. Early nationalist organisations such as the South West African National Union (SWANU) and South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) made determined attempts to establish indigenous political structures for an independent South West Africa.BOOK, Müller, Johann Alexander, The Inevitable Pipeline Into Exile. Botswana's Role in the Namibian Liberation Struggle, 2012, 36–41, Basler Afrika Bibliographien Namibia Resource Center and Southern Africa Library, Basel, Switzerland, 978-3905758290, In 1966, following the ICJ's controversial ruling that it had no legal standing to consider the question of South African rule, SWAPO launched an armed insurgency that escalated into part of a wider regional conflict known as the South African Border War.BOOK, Kangumu, Bennett, Contesting Caprivi: A History of Colonial Isolation and Regional Nationalism in Namibia, 2011, 143–153, Basler Afrika Bibliographien Namibia Resource Center and Southern Africa Library, Basel, 978-3905758221,

Independence

As SWAPO's insurgency intensified, South Africa's case for annexation in the international community continued to decline.BOOK, Dobell, Lauren, Swapo's Struggle for Namibia, 1960–1991: War by Other Means, 1998, 27–39, P. Schlettwein Publishing Switzerland, Basel, 978-3908193029, The UN declared that South Africa had failed in its obligations to ensure the moral and material well-being of South West Africa's indigenous inhabitants and had thus disavowed its own mandate.BOOK, Yusuf, Abdulqawi, African Yearbook of International Law, Volume I, 1994, 16–34, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague, 978-0-7923-2718-9, On 12 June 1968, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming that, in accordance with the desires of its people, South West Africa be renamed Namibia. United Nations Security Council Resolution 269, adopted in August 1969, declared South Africa's continued occupation of Namibia illegal.BOOK, Peter, Abbott, Helmoed-Romer Heitman, Paul Hannon, Modern African Wars (3): South-West Africa, 5–13,weblink 978-1-85532-122-9, 1991, Osprey Publishing, In recognition of this landmark decision, SWAPO's armed wing was renamed the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN).BOOK, Williams, Christian, National Liberation in Postcolonial Southern Africa: A Historical Ethnography of SWAPO's Exile Camps, October 2015, 73–89, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978-1107099340, Namibia became one of several flashpoints for Cold War proxy conflicts in southern Africa during the latter years of the PLAN insurgency.BOOK, Hughes, Geraint, My Enemy's Enemy: Proxy Warfare in International Politics, 2014, 73–86, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 978-1845196271, The insurgents sought out weapons and sent recruits to the Soviet Union for military training.BOOK, Bertram, Christoph, Prospects of Soviet Power in the 1980s, 1980, 51–54, Palgrave Books, Basingstoke, 978-1349052592, SWAPO's political leadership, dependent on military aid from the Soviets, Cuba, and Angola, positioned the movement within the socialist bloc by 1975.BOOK, Namibia and Southern Africa: Regional Dynamics of Decolonization, 1945-90, Dreyer, Ronald, London, Kegan Paul International, 1994, 978-0710304711, 73–87, 100–116, This practical alliance reinforced the prevailing perspective of SWAPO as a Soviet proxy, which dominated Cold War ideology in South Africa and the United States. For its part, the Soviet Union supported SWAPO partly because it viewed South Africa as a regional Western ally.BOOK, Shultz, Richard, Soviet Union and Revolutionary Warfare: Principles, Practices, and Regional Comparisons, 1988, 121–123, 140–145, Hoover Institution Press, Stanford, California, 978-0817987114, (File:SADF-Operations 4.jpg|thumb|left|South African troops patrol the border region for PLAN insurgents, 1980s.)Growing war weariness and the reduction of tensions between the superpowers compelled South Africa, Angola, and Cuba to accede to the Tripartite Accord, under pressure from both the Soviet Union and the United States.BOOK, Sechaba, Tsepo, Ellis, Stephen, Comrades Against Apartheid: The ANC & the South African Communist Party in Exile, 1992, 184–187, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 978-0253210623, South Africa accepted Namibian independence in exchange for Cuban military withdrawal from the region and an Angolan commitment to cease all aid to PLAN.BOOK, A Political History of the Civil War in Angola: 1974-1990, James III, W. Martin, New Brunswick, Transaction Publishers, 2011, 1992, 978-1-4128-1506-2, 207–214, 239–245, PLAN and South Africa adopted an informal ceasefire in August 1988, and a United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) was formed to monitor the Namibian peace process and supervise the return of refugees.BOOK, Sitkowski, Andrzej, UN peacekeeping: myth and reality, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, Connecticut, 2006, 80–86, 978-0-275-99214-9, The ceasefire was broken after PLAN made a final incursion into the territory, possibly as a result of misunderstanding UNTAG's directives, in March 1989.NEWS, SWAPO Incursion into Namibia Seen as Major Blunder by Nujoma, Clairborne, John,weblink The Washington Post, Washington DC, 7 April 1989, 18 February 2018, A new ceasefire was later imposed with the condition that the insurgents were to be confined to their external bases in Angola until they could be disarmed and demobilised by UNTAG.BOOK, Colletta, Nat, Kostner, Markus, Wiederhofer, Indo, Case Studies of War-To-Peace Transition: The Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Ethiopia, Namibia, and Uganda, 1996, 127–142, World Bank, Washington DC, 978-0821336748, By the end of the 11-month transition period, the last South African troops had been withdrawn from Namibia, all political prisoners granted amnesty, racially discriminatory legislation repealed, and 42,000 Namibian refugees returned to their homes. Just over 97% of eligible voters participated in the country's first parliamentary elections held under a universal franchise.NEWS,weblink Namibia Rebel Group Wins Vote, But It Falls Short of Full Control, The New York Times, 15 November 1989, 2014-06-20, The United Nations plan included oversight by foreign election observers in an effort to ensure a free and fair election. SWAPO won a plurality of seats in the Constituent Assembly with 57% of the popular vote. This gave the party 41 seats, but not a two-thirds majority, which would have enabled it to draft the constitution on its own.The Namibian Constitution was adopted in February 1990. It incorporated protection for human rights and compensation for state expropriations of private property, and established an independent judiciary, legislature, and an executive presidency (the constituent assembly became the national assembly). The country officially became independent on 21 March 1990. Sam Nujoma was sworn in as the first President of Namibia at a ceremony attended by Nelson Mandela of South Africa (who had been released from prison the previous month) and representatives from 147 countries, including 20 heads of state.WEB,weblink Chronology of Namibian Independence, Klausdierks.com, 26 June 2010, Upon the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994, the nation ceded Walvis Bay to Namibia.WEB, Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Namibia with respect to Walvis Bay and the off-shore Islands, 28 February 1994,weblink United Nations,

After independence

Since independence Namibia has completed the transition from white minority apartheid rule to parliamentary democracy. Multiparty democracy was introduced and has been maintained, with local, regional and national elections held regularly. Several registered political parties are active and represented in the National Assembly, although the SWAPO has won every election since independence.WEB, Country report: Spotlight on Namibia, Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat,weblink 25 May 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100705012456weblink">weblink 5 July 2010, The transition from the 15-year rule of President Nujoma to his successor Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2005 went smoothly.NEWS, IRIN country profile Namibia, IRIN,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100217173041weblink">weblink 17 February 2010, 12 July 2010, March 2007, Since independence, the Namibian government has promoted a policy of national reconciliation. It issued an amnesty for those who fought on either side during the liberation war. The civil war in Angola spilled over and adversely affected Namibians living in the north of the country. In 1998, Namibia Defence Force (NDF) troops were sent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) contingent.In 1999, the national government quashed a secessionist attempt in the northeastern Caprivi Strip. The Caprivi conflict was initiated by the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA), a rebel group led by Mishake Muyongo. It wanted the Caprivi Strip to secede and form its own society.

Geography

File:Namib Desert Namibia(2).jpg|thumb|Sand dunes in the NamibNamib(File:Namibia Natural Earth 1.jpg|thumb|right|Shaded relief map of Namibia)(File:Namibia map of Köppen climate classification.svg|thumb|Namibia map of Köppen climate classification zones)At {{convert|825615|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}},WEB, Rank Order â€“ Area, CIA World Fact Book,weblink 12 April 2008, Namibia is the world's thirty-fourth largest country (after Venezuela). It lies mostly between latitudes 17° and 29°S (a small area is north of 17°), and longitudes 11° and 26°E.Being situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, Namibia has the least rainfall of any country in sub-Saharan Africa.NEWS, Land degradation causes poverty, Brandt, Edgar, New Era (Namibia), New Era, 21 September 2012,weblink The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic abiotic conditions and vegetation, with some variation within and overlap between them: the Central Plateau, the Namib, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.The Central Plateau runs from north to south, bordered by the Skeleton Coast to the northwest, the Namib Desert and its coastal plains to the southwest, the Orange River to the south, and the Kalahari Desert to the east. The Central Plateau is home to the highest point in Namibia at Königstein elevation {{convert|2606|m|ft|0}}.WEB,weblink Landsat.usgs.gov, Landsat.usgs.gov, 26 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080907062948weblink">weblink 7 September 2008, dmy-all, The Namib is a broad expanse of hyper-arid gravel plains and dunes that stretches along Namibia's entire coastline. It varies between 100 km (60 miles) and many hundreds in width. Areas within the Namib include the Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld in the north and the extensive Namib Sand Sea along the central coast.The Great Escarpment swiftly rises to over {{convert|2000|m|ft|-3}}. Average temperatures and temperature ranges increase further inland from the cold Atlantic waters, while the lingering coastal fogs slowly diminish. Although the area is rocky with poorly developed soils, it is significantly more productive than the Namib Desert. As summer winds are forced over the Escarpment, moisture is extracted as precipitation.Spriggs, A. (2001) {{WWF ecoregion|name=Africa: Namibia|id=at1316}}The Bushveld is found in north-eastern Namibia along the Angolan border and in the Caprivi Strip. The area receives a significantly greater amount of precipitation than the rest of the country, averaging around {{convert|400|mm|in|0|abbr=on}} per year. The area is generally flat and the soils sandy, limiting their ability to retain water and support agriculture.Cowling, S. 2001. {{WWF ecoregion|id=at1322|name=Succulent Karoo}}The Kalahari Desert, an arid region that extends into South Africa and Botswana, is one of Namibia's well-known geographical features. The Kalahari, while popularly known as a desert, has a variety of localised environments, including some verdant and technically non-desert areas. The Succulent Karoo is home to over 5,000 species of plants, nearly half of them endemic; approximately 10 percent of the world's succulents are found in the Karoo.van Jaarsveld 1987, Smith et al 1993 The reason behind this high productivity and endemism may be the relatively stable nature of precipitation.Spriggs, A. (2001) {{WWF ecoregion|name=Southern Africa: including parts of Botswana, northeastern Namibia, Zimbabwe, and northern South Africa |id=at0709}}Namibia's Coastal Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Its sand dunes, created by the strong onshore winds, are the highest in the world.WEB,weblink NASA â€“ Namibia's Coastal Desert, nasa.gov, 9 October 2009, Because of the location of the shoreline, at the point where the Atlantic's cold water reaches Africa's hot climate, often extremely dense fog forms along the coast.WEB,weblink An Introduction to Namibia, geographia.com, 9 October 2009, Near the coast there are areas where the dunes are vegetated with hammocks.WEB,weblink NACOMA â€“ Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project, nacoma.org.na, 9 October 2009, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090721154939weblink">weblink 21 July 2009, dmy-all, Namibia has rich coastal and marine resources that remain largely unexplored.File:SAC Namibia-cactus.jpg|thumb|Fish River CanyonFish River Canyon

Climate

(File:Namibia-1113.jpg|thumb|Namibia is primarily a large desert and semi-desert plateau.)Namibia extends from 17°S to 25°S latitude: climatically the range of the sub-Tropical High Pressure Belt. Its overall climate description is arid, descending from the Sub-Humid [mean rain above {{cvt|500|mm|in|0}}] through Semi-Arid [between {{cvt|300 and 500|mm|in|0}}] (embracing most of the waterless Kalahari) and Arid [from {{cvt|150 to 300|mm|in|0}}] (these three regions are inland from the western escarpment) to the Hyper-Arid coastal plain [less than {{cvt|100|mm|in|0}}]. Temperature maxima are limited by the overall elevation of the entire region: only in the far south, Warmbad for instance, are mid-{{cvt|40|C|F|-1}} maxima recorded."Paper and digital Climate Section". Namibia Meteorological ServicesTypically the sub-Tropical High Pressure Belt, with frequent clear skies, provides more than 300 days of sunshine per year. It is situated at the southern edge of the tropics; the Tropic of Capricorn cuts the country about in half. The winter (June â€“ August) is generally dry. Both rainy seasons occur in summer: the small rainy season between September and November, the big one between February and April.WEB, Real Namibia, The Rainy Season,weblink 28 July 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100906094745weblink">weblink 6 September 2010, dmy-all, Humidity is low, and average rainfall varies from almost zero in the coastal desert to more than {{cvt|600|mm|in|0}} in the Caprivi Strip. Rainfall is highly variable, and droughts are common.WEB, Namibia,weblink Encyclopædia Britannica, 28 July 2010, The {{As of|2010|alt=last}} rainy season with rainfall far below the annual average occurred in summer 2006/07.NEWS, Olszewski, John, Namibia Economist, Climate change forces us to recognise new normals,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110513062850weblink">weblink 13 May 2011, 13 May 2009, Weather and climate in the coastal area are dominated by the cold, north-flowing Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean, which accounts for very low precipitation ({{cvt|50|mm|in|0}} per year or less), frequent dense fog, and overall lower temperatures than in the rest of the country. In Winter, occasionally a condition known as ' (German for "mountain breeze") or ' (Afrikaans for "east weather") occurs, a hot dry wind blowing from the inland to the coast. As the area behind the coast is a desert, these winds can develop into sand storms, leaving sand deposits in the Atlantic Ocean that are visible on satellite images.NEWS, Olszewski, John, Namibia Economist, Understanding Weather â€“ not predicting it,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101207061033weblink">weblink 7 December 2010, 25 June 2010, The Central Plateau and Kalahari areas have wide diurnal temperature ranges of up to 30 Â°C (86 Â°F).Efundja, the annual seasonal flooding of the northern parts of the country, often causes not only damage to infrastructure but loss of life.NEWS,weblink Debilitating floods hit northern and central Namibia, Adams, Gerry, 15 April 2011, United Nations Radio, The rains that cause these floods originate in Angola, flow into Namibia's Cuvelai basin, and fill the oshanas (Oshiwambo: flood plains) there. The worst floods {{As of|2012|alt=so far}} occurred in March 2011 and displaced 21,000 people.NEWS,weblink Heaviest floods ever in Namibia, van den Bosch, Servaas, 29 March 2011, The Namibian,

Water sources

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa and depends largely on groundwater. With an average rainfall of about {{cvt|350|mm|in|0}} per annum, the highest rainfall occurs in the Caprivi in the northeast (about {{cvt|600|mm|in|0}} per annum) and decreases in a westerly and southwesterly direction to as little as {{cvt|50|mm|in|0}} and less per annum at the coast. The only perennial rivers are found on the national borders with South Africa, Angola, Zambia, and the short border with Botswana in the Caprivi. In the interior of the country, surface water is available only in the summer months when rivers are in flood after exceptional rainfalls. Otherwise, surface water is restricted to a few large storage dams retaining and damming up these seasonal floods and their runoff. Where people do not live near perennial rivers or make use of the storage dams, they are dependent on groundwater. Even isolated communities and those economic activities located far from good surface water sources, such as mining, agriculture, and tourism, can be supplied from groundwater over nearly 80% of the country.WEB,weblink Groundwater in Namibia, Integrated Water Resource Management, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160729155617weblink">weblink 29 July 2016, More than 100,000 boreholes have been drilled in Namibia over the past century. One third of these boreholes have been drilled dry.BOOK, Groundwater in Namibia,weblink Greg Christelis, yes, Wilhelm Struckmeier, Namibian Hydrogeological Association, 2001, 978-0-86976-571-5, 2018-07-10,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150404091336weblink">weblink 4 April 2015, dead, An aquifer called Ohangwena II, on both sides of the Angola-Namibia border, was discovered in 2012. It has been estimated to be capable of supplying the 800,000 people in the North for 400 years, at the current (2018) rate of consumption.WEB, McGrath, Matt,weblink Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries, BBC World, 20 July 2012, 10 September 2013, Experts estimate that Namibia has {{convert|7,720|km3|cumi|abbr=on}} of underground water.WEB, McGrath, Matt,weblink 'Huge' water resource exists under Africa, BBC World Service, 20 April 2012, 10 September 2013,

Communal Wildlife Conservancies

File:SAC Namibia-bushveld.jpg|thumb|Quivertree Forest, BushveldBushveldNamibia is one of few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection of natural resources in its constitution. Article 95 states, "The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilisation of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future."In 1993, Namibia's newly formed government received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Living in a Finite Environment (LIFE) Project.Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Programme Details (n.d.). The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with financial support from organisations such as USAID, Endangered Wildlife Trust, WWF, and Canadian Ambassador's Fund, together form a Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) support structure. The project's main goal is to promote sustainable natural resource management by giving local communities rights to wildlife management and tourism.

Politics and government

File:Tintenpalast-Windhoek.jpg|thumb|TintenpalastTintenpalastNamibia is a unitary semi-presidential representative democratic republic.JOURNAL, Shugart, Matthew Søberg, September 2005, Semi-Presidential Systems: Dual Executive and Mixed Authority Patterns,weblink Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, United States, University of California, San Diego,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080819200307weblink">weblink 19 August 2008, 4 September 2016, JOURNAL, Shugart, Matthew Søberg, December 2005, Semi-Presidential Systems: Dual Executive And Mixed Authority Patterns,weblink French Politics, 3, 3, 323–351, 10.1057/palgrave.fp.8200087, 4 September 2016, Of the contemporary cases, only four provide the assembly majority an unrestricted right to vote no confidence, and of these, only two allow the president unrestricted authority to appoint the prime minister. These two, Mozambique and Namibia, as well as the Weimar Republic, thus resemble most closely the structure of authority depicted in the right panel of Figure 3, whereby the dual accountability of the cabinet to both the president and the assembly is maximized. (...) Namibia allows the president to dissolve [the assembly] at any time but places a novel negative incentive on his exercise of the right: He must stand for a new election at the same time as the new assembly elections., The President of Namibia is elected to a five-year term and is both the head of state and the head of government.WEB, 1992,weblink Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, 2018-07-10, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100119205953weblink">weblink 19 January 2010, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Namibia: Constitution, EISA, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120604121733weblink">weblink 4 June 2012, All members of the government are individually and collectively responsible to the legislature.{{refn|Article 41 of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia.}}WEB,weblink How to Register as a Voter, Electoral Commission of Namibia, March 22, 2019,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180721014311weblink">weblink 21 July 2018, dead, The Constitution of Namibia guarantees the separation of powers:BOOK, Shivute, Peter, Peter Shivute, Bösl, Anton, Horn, Nico,weblink Foreword, 10, The Independence of the Judiciary in Namibia, Macmillan Publishers, Macmillan Education Namibia, Publications sponsored by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 978-99916-0-807-5, 2008, While the constitution envisaged a multi-party system for Namibia's government, the SWAPO party has been dominant since independence in 1990.WEB,weblink SWAPO:Dominant party?, Swapoparty.org, 2017-08-26,

Foreign relations

Namibia has a largely independent foreign policy, with persisting affiliations with states that aided the independence struggle, including Cuba. With a small army and a fragile economy, the Namibian government's principal foreign policy concern is developing strengthened ties within the Southern African region. A dynamic member of the Southern African Development Community, Namibia is a vocal advocate for greater regional integration. It became the 160th member of the UN on 23 April 1990. On its independence it became the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.WEB,weblink Africa and the CON, Africanhistory.about.com, 2017-08-26,

Military

{{update|section|date=March 2015}}Namibia does not have any enemies in the region, though it has been involved in various disputes regarding borders and construction plans.JOURNAL, Moser, Jana, Border Contracts – Border Conflicts: Examples from Northern Namibia,weblink Symposium on “Shifting Boundaries”: Cartography of the 19th and 20th Centuries. ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, It consistently spends more as a percentage of GDP on its military than all of its neighbours except Angola. Military expenditure rose from 2.7% of GDP in 2000 to 3.7% in 2009, and the arrival of 12 Chengdu J-7 Airguard jets in 2006 and 2008 made Namibia for a short time one of the top arms importers in Sub-Saharan Africa.NEWS, Flying high, Hopwood, Graham, February 2012, insight Namibia, By 2015 military expenditure was estimated at between 4% and 5% of GDP.Insight 2015, p.33WEB,weblink Further spending for Namibian military, 13 October 2015, 16 April 2015, Defenceweb.co.za, WEB,weblink Namibia Economy Profile 2014, Indexmundi.com, 26 November 2015, The Namibian constitution defines the role of the military as "defending the territory and national interests." Namibia formed the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), comprising former enemies in a 23-year bush war: the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and South West African Territorial Force (SWATF). The British formulated the plan for integrating these forces and began training the NDF, which consists of a small headquarters and five battalions.The United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG)'s Kenyan infantry battalion remained in Namibia for three months after independence to help train the NDF and to stabilise the north. According to the Namibian Defence Ministry, enlistments of both men and women will number no more than 7,500. The minister of the Namibian Military is Hon Penda YaNdakolo.{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}In 2017, Namibia signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.WEB,weblink Chapter XXVI: Disarmament â€“ No. 9 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, United Nations Treaty Collection, 7 July 2017,

Administrative divisions

File:Namibia numbered colored regions English1.png|340px|thumb|right|upright=1.8|Regions of Namibia:{{Columns| col1 = 1. Kunene2. Omusati3. Oshana4. Ohangwena5. Oshikoto| col2 = 6. Kavango West7. Kavango East8. Zambezi9. Erongo10. Otjozondjupa| col3 =11. Omaheke12. Khomas13. Hardap14. ǁKaras}}]]Namibia is divided into 14 regions and subdivided into 121 constituencies. The administrative division of Namibia is tabled by Delimitation Commissions and accepted or declined by the National Assembly. Since state foundation four Delimitation Commissions have delivered their work, the last one in 2013 under the chairmanship of Judge Alfred Siboleka.NEWS,weblink President divides Kavango into two, Nakale, Albertina Haindongo, 9 August 2013
New Era (Namibia)>New Era, via allafrica.com,weblink 21 December 2015, Regional councillors are directly elected through secret ballots (regional elections) by the inhabitants of their constituencies.WEB, Namibia National Council,weblink Inter-Parliamentary Union, 14 July 2010, Local authorities in Namibia can be in the form of municipalities (either Part 1 or Part 2 municipalities), town councils or villages.WEB, Local Authorities,weblink Association of Local Authorities in Namibia, 10 September 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130610203011weblink">weblink 10 June 2013, dead, {{clear|left}}

Human rights

Homosexual acts are illegal in NamibiaNEWS, Daniel, Avery, 71 Countries Where Homosexuality is Illegal,weblink Newsweek, 4 April 2019, and discrimination against LGBT people is still widespread.NEWS, Namibia's gay paraders call for legal protection,weblink News24, 30 July 2017, In November 2018, it was reported that 32% of women aged 15–49 have experienced violence from their spouse and 29.5% of men believe physical abuse towards their wife is acceptable.WEB,weblink Landscaping Gender Based Violence in Namibia, Alweendo, Andreas, Rafla, N, R, D, November 2018, Democracy Report, 2019-06-06,

Economy

File:Downtown Windhoek, Independence Avenue.jpg|thumb|Downtown WindhoekWindhoekFile:Tsumeb-Main Road.JPG|thumb|TsumebTsumebFile:Oyster farming, Walvis Bay (Namibia).jpg|thumb|Oysters are cultivated for export at Walvis BayWalvis BayNamibia's economy is tied closely to South Africa's due to their shared history.{{CIA World Factbook link|wa|Namibia}}WEB,weblink Namibia, UCB Libraries GovPubs, 2017-08-26, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160303221805weblink">weblink 3 March 2016, dmy-all, The largest economic sectors are mining (10.4% of the gross domestic product in 2009), agriculture (5.0%), manufacturing (13.5%), and tourism.WEB,weblink Background Note:Namibia, United States Department of State, US Department of State, 26 October 2010, 2017-08-26, Namibia has a highly developed banking sector with modern infrastructure, such as online banking and cellphone banking. The Bank of Namibia (BoN) is the central bank of Namibia responsible for performing all other functions ordinarily performed by a central bank. There are 5 BoN authorised commercial banks in Namibia: Bank Windhoek, First National Bank, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Small and Medium Enterprises Bank.WEB,weblink Bank of Namibia (BoN), 3 April 2011, According to the Namibia Labour Force Survey Report 2012, conducted by the (:de:Namibia Statistics Agency|Namibia Statistics Agency), the country's unemployment rate is 27.4%.WEB, 9 April 2013,weblink Namibia Labour Force Survey 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131019214139weblink">weblink 19 October 2013, Namibia Statistics Agency, "Strict unemployment" (people actively seeking a full-time job) stood at 20.2% in 2000, 21.9% in 2004 and spiraled to 29.4% in 2008. Under a broader definition (including people that have given up searching for employment) unemployment rose to 36.7% in 2004. This estimate considers people in the informal economy as employed. Labour and Social Welfare Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko praised the 2008 study as "by far superior in scope and quality to any that has been available previously",Duddy, Jo-Mare (4 February 2010) "Half of all Namibians unemployed" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131002115959weblink |date=2 October 2013 }}. The Namibian but its methodology has also received criticism.NEWS,weblink Mwinga speaks out on his findings, Ndjebela, Toivo, 18 November 2011, New Era (Namibia), New Era, In 2004 a labour act was passed to protect people from job discrimination stemming from pregnancy and HIV/AIDS status. In early 2010 the Government tender board announced that "henceforth 100 per cent of all unskilled and semi-skilled labour must be sourced, without exception, from within Namibia".Mongudhi, Tileni (3 February 2010 ) "Tender Board tightens rules to protect jobs" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131002120324weblink |date=2 October 2013 }}. The NamibianIn 2013, global business and financial news provider, Bloomberg, named Namibia the top emerging market economy in Africa and the 13th best in the world. Only four African countries made the Top 20 Emerging Markets list in the March 2013 issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, and Namibia was rated ahead of Morocco (19th), South Africa (15th) and Zambia (14th). Worldwide, Namibia also fared better than Hungary, Brazil and Mexico. Bloomberg Markets magazine ranked the top 20 based on more than a dozen criteria. The data came from Bloomberg's own financial-market statistics, IMF forecasts and the World Bank. The countries were also rated on areas of particular interest to foreign investors: the ease of doing business, the perceived level of corruption and economic freedom. In order to attract foreign investment, the government has made improvement in reducing red tape resulted from excessive government regulations, making Namibia one of the least bureaucratic places to do business in the region. Facilitation payments are occasionally demanded by customs due to cumbersome and costly customs procedures.WEB, Snapshot of Namibia Country Profile,weblink Business Anti-Corruption Portal, 6 February 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140220022104weblink">weblink 20 February 2014, dead, Namibia is also classified as an Upper Middle Income country by the World Bank, and ranks 87th out of 185 economies in terms of ease of doing business.WEB,weblink Namibia, Doingbusiness.org, 10 January 2013, 10 September 2013, The cost of living in Namibia is relatively high because most goods, including cereals, need to be imported. Its capital city, Windhoek, is the 150th most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live.WEB,weblink Namibia, Windhoek Cost of Living, Apatulator.com, 2017-08-26, Taxation in Namibia includes personal income tax, which is applicable to total taxable income of an individual. All individuals are taxed at progressive marginal rates over a series of income brackets. The value added tax (VAT) is applicable to most of the commodities and services.PAYE12 Volume 18 published by The Ministry of Finance in NamibiaFile:Sandstorm while driving from Swakopmund to Walfish Bay, 2005.jpg|thumb|The B2 between Swakopmund and Walvis BayWalvis BayDespite the remote nature of much of the country, Namibia has seaports, airports, highways, and railways (narrow-gauge). It seeks to become a regional transportation hub; it has an important seaport and several landlocked neighbours. The Central Plateau already serves as a transportation corridor from the more densely populated north to South Africa, the source of four-fifths of Namibia's imports.

Income disparity

According to recent statistics on the country's income share held by the highest 10%, Namibia is a country with a substantive income disparity. The data indicates that the current income share held by the highest 10% is approximately 51.8%. This disparity illustrates the large gap between the rich and the poor. An additional figure describes the poverty gap: people living on US$2 or less in the country are approximately 17.72% of the population.

Agriculture

File:Schildburgsdorf.jpg|thumb|Welcoming sign of the Burgsdorf farm in Hardap ]]About half of the population depends on agriculture (largely subsistence agriculture) for its livelihood, but Namibia must still import some of its food. Although per capita GDP is five times the per capita GDP of Africa's poorest countries, the majority of Namibia's people live in rural areas and have a subsistence way of life. Namibia has one of the highest rates of income inequality in the world, due in part to the fact that there is an urban economy and a more rural cashless economy. The inequality figures thus take into account people who do not actually rely on the formal economy for their survival. Although arable land accounts for only 1% of Namibia, nearly half of the population is employed in agriculture.World Almanac. 2004.About 4,000, mostly white, commercial farmers own almost half of Namibia's arable land.LaFraniere, Sharon (25 December 2004) Tensions Simmer as Namibia Divides Its Farmland", The New York Times The governments of Germany and Britain will finance Namibia's land reform process, as Namibia plans to start expropriating land from white farmers to resettle landless black Namibians.WEB,weblink NAMIBIA: Key step in land reform completed, IRIN Africa, 1 October 2004, 10 September 2013, Agreement has been reached on the privatisation of several more enterprises in coming years, with hopes that this will stimulate much needed foreign investment, but reinvestment of environmentally derived capital has hobbled Namibian per capita income. One of the fastest growing areas of economic development in Namibia is the growth of wildlife conservancies. These are particularly important to the rural, generally unemployed, population.

Mining and electricity

Providing 25% of Namibia's revenue, mining is the single most important contributor to the economy.WEB, Mining in Namibia,weblink NIED, 26 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510004055weblink">weblink 10 May 2011, dmy-all, Namibia is the fourth largest exporter of non-fuel minerals in Africa and the world's fourth largest producer of uranium. There has been significant investment in uranium mining and Namibia is set to become the largest exporter of uranium by 2015.WEB,weblink MINING.com, Mining Uranium at Namibia's Langer Heinrich Mine, Oancea, Dan, February 2008, Rich alluvial diamond deposits make Namibia a primary source for gem-quality diamonds.WEB,weblink Deep-Sea Mining and Exploration, Oancea, Dan, Technology.infomine.com, 6 November 2006, 2017-08-26, While Namibia is known predominantly for its gem diamond and uranium deposits, a number of other minerals are extracted industrially such as lead, tungsten, gold, tin, fluorspar, manganese, marble, copper and zinc. There are offshore gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean that are planned to be extracted in the future. According to "The Diamond Investigation", a book about the global diamond market, from 1978, De Beers, the largest diamond company, bought most of the Namibian diamonds, and would continue to do so, because "whatever government eventually comes to power they will need this revenue to survive".WEB,weblink The Diamond Investigation, chapter 1 by Edward Jay Epstein, in an interview with Harry Frederick Oppenheimer owner of De Beers, Edwardjayepstein.com, 4 December 1978, 10 September 2013, Domestic supply voltage is 220 V AC. Electricity is generated mainly by thermal and hydroelectric power plants. Non-conventional methods of electricity generation also play some role. Encouraged by the rich uranium deposits the Namibian government plans to erect its first nuclear power station by 2018, also uranium enrichment is envisaged to happen locally.NEWS, Uranium: Saving or sinking Namibia?, Weidlich, Brigitte, The Namibian, 7 January 2011,weblink dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110113120601weblink">weblink 13 January 2011,

Diamonds

Although much of the world's diamond supply comes from what have been called African blood diamonds, Namibia has managed to develop a diamond mining industry largely free of the kinds of conflict, extortion, and murder that have plagued many other African nations with diamond mines. This has been attributed to political dynamics, economic institutions, grievances, political geography, and the effects of neighbourhoods, and is the result of a joint agreement between the government and De Beers that has led to a taxable base, strengthening state institutions.JOURNAL, South African Security, Diamonds Without Blood: A Look at Namibia, Nathan Munier, 1 March 2016, 9, 1, 21–41, 10.1080/19392206.2016.1132903,

Tourism

File:Equus burchelli 4.jpg|thumb|An example of Namibian wildlife, the plains zebraplains zebraTourism is a major contributor (14.5%) to Namibia's GDP, creating tens of thousands of jobs (18.2% of all employment) directly or indirectly and servicing over a million tourists per year.WEB, A Framework/Model to Benchmark Tourism GDP in South Africa, Pan African Research & Investment Services, 34, March 2010,weblink dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100718143151weblink">weblink 18 July 2010, The country is a prime destination in Africa and is known for ecotourism, which features Namibia's extensive wildlife.NEWS, Tourism in good shape â€“ Minister, Hartman, Adam, The Namibian, 30 September 2009,weblink 2017-08-26, There are many lodges and reserves to accommodate eco-tourists. Sport and trophy hunting is also a large and growing component of the Namibian economy, accounting for 14% of total tourism in the year 2000, or 19.6 million US dollars, with Namibia boasting numerous species sought after by international sport hunters.In addition, extreme sports such as sandboarding, skydiving and 4x4ing have become popular, and many cities have companies that provide tours.{{citation needed|date=November 2014}} The most visited places include the capital city of Windhoek, Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.WEB,weblink Namibia top tourist destinations, Namibiatourism.com.na, 2017-08-26, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161227102320weblink">weblink 27 December 2016, dmy-all, Windhoek plays a very important role in Namibia's tourism due to its central location and close proximity to Hosea Kutako International Airport. According to The Namibia Tourism Exit Survey, which was produced by the Millennium Challenge Corporation for the Namibian Directorate of Tourism, 56% of all tourists visiting Namibia in 2012–13 visited Windhoek.WEB,weblink Report on the Namibia Tourist Exit Survey 2012–2013, Mcanamibia.org, 2017-08-26,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160305170850weblink">weblink 5 March 2016, dead, Many of Namibia's tourism related parastatals and governing bodies such as Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Air Namibia and the Namibia Tourism Board as well as Namibia's tourism related trade associations such as the Hospitality Association of Namibia are headquartered in Windhoek.WEB,weblink HAN Namibia, Hannamibia.com, 2016-08-26, There are also a number of notable hotels in Windhoek, such as Windhoek Country Club Resort, and some international hotel chains, such as Avani Hotels and Resorts and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.Namibia's primary tourism related governing body, the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), was established by an Act of Parliament: the Namibia Tourism Board Act, 2000 (Act 21 of 2000). Its primary objectives are to regulate the tourism industry and to market Namibia as a tourist destination.WEB,weblink GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, NO. 3235 (2014), laws.parliament.na, 14 July 2004, 2018-03-24, There are also a number of trade associations that represent the tourism sector in Namibia, such as the Federation of Namibia Tourism Associations (the umbrella body for all tourism associations in Namibia), the Hospitality Association of Namibia, the Association of Namibian Travel Agents, Car Rental Association of Namibia and the Tour and Safari Association of Namibia.WEB,weblink FENATA {{!, Federation of Namibian Tourism Association in Namibia|website=Fenata.org|access-date=2016-03-08|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160308161948weblink|archive-date=8 March 2016|url-status=dead}}

Water supply and sanitation

Namibia is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide water through municipal departments.BOOK, Ebbing Water, Surging Deficits: Urban Water Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa, Banerjee, Sudeshna, The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, 2009, Washington, DC,weblink 2017-08-26, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120304031237weblink">weblink 4 March 2012, dmy-all, The only bulk water supplier in Namibia is NamWater, which sells it to the respective municipalities which in turn deliver it through their reticulation networks. In rural areas, the Directorate of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is in charge of drinking water supply.The UN evaluated in 2011 that Namibia has improved its water access network significantly since independencein 1990. A large part of the population can not, however, make use ofthese resources due to the prohibitively high consumption cost and thelong distance between residences and water points in rural areas. As a result, many Namibians prefer the traditional wells over the available water points far away.NEWS,weblink Red alert on sanitation and safe drinking water, Smith, Jana–Mari, 12 July 2011, The Namibian, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120531123557weblink">weblink 31 May 2012, dmy-all, Compared to the efforts made to improve access to safe water, Namibia is lagging behind in the provision of adequate sanitation.NEWS,weblink Independent UN expert urges Namibia to expand access to sanitation services, 11 July 2011, UN News Centre, United Nations News service, 2017-08-26, This includes 298 schools that have no toilet facilities.NEWS,weblink More than 1 million Namibians defecate in open, Tjihenuna, Theresia, 2 April 2014, The Namibian, 2017-08-26,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140407103151weblink">weblink 7 April 2014, dead, Over 50% of child deaths are related to lack of water, sanitation, or hygiene; 23% are due to diarrhea alone. The UN has identified a "sanitation crisis" in the country.Apart from residences for upper and middle class households, sanitation is insufficient in most residential areas. Private flush toilets are too expensive for virtually all residents in townships due to their water consumption and installation cost. As a result, access to improved sanitation has not increased much since independence: in Namibia's rural areas 13% of the population had more than basic sanitation, up from 8% in 1990. Many of Namibia's inhabitants have to resort to "flying toilets", plastic bags to defecate into, which after use are flung into the bush.NEWS,weblink Namibia is lagging behind on sanitation, Cloete, Luqman, 28 April 2008, The Namibian, The use of open areas close to residential land for urination and defecation is very commonJOURNAL,weblink Participatory empirical research on water and sanitation demand in central northern Namibia: A method for technology development with a user perspective, Deffner, Jutta, September 2010, CuveWaters Papers, Mazambani, Clarence, Frankfurt (Main), Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), 7, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120322212906weblink">weblink 22 March 2012, dmy-all, and has been identified as a major health hazard.

Demographics

(File:Namibia Population Density (2011).jpg|thumb|left|Population density in Namibia by regions (census 2011)){|class="wikitable" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px"! colspan="4" style="text-align:center; background:#cfb;"|Population{{UN_Population|ref}}
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(File:Bevölkerungspyramide Namibia 2016.png|thumb|Population pyramid 2016)Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any sovereign country, after Mongolia.BOOK,weblink World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision, Table A.1, New York, United Nations, Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, 2009, 12 March 2009, In 2017 there were on average 3.08 people per km².WEB,weblink World Development Indicators (WDI) {{!, Data Catalog|website=datacatalog.worldbank.org|access-date=2019-07-09}} The total fertility rate in 2015 was 3.47 children per woman according to the UN.The majority of the Namibian population is of Bantu-speaking origin—mostly of the Ovambo ethnicity, which forms about half of the population—residing mainly in the north of the country, although many are now resident in towns throughout Namibia. Other ethnic groups are the Herero and Himba people, who speak a similar language, and the Damara, who speak the same "click" language as the Nama.In addition to the Bantu majority, there are large groups of Khoisan (such as Nama and San), who are descendants of the original inhabitants of Southern Africa. The country also contains some descendants of refugees from Angola. There are also two smaller groups of people with mixed racial origins, called "Coloureds" and "Basters", who together make up 8.0% (with the Coloureds outnumbering the Basters two to one). There is a substantial Chinese minority in Namibia; it stood at 40,000 in 2006.WEB,weblink China and Africa: Stronger Economic Ties Mean More Migration, Malia Politzer, Migration Information Source, August 2008, 10 September 2013, File:Himba Woman and Family.JPG|thumb|Himba peopleHimba peopleWhites (mainly of Afrikaner, German, British and Portuguese origin) make up between 4.0 and 7.0% of the population. Although their proportion of the population decreased after independence due to emigration and lower birth rates, they still form the second-largest population of European ancestry, both in terms of percentage and actual numbers, in Sub-Saharan Africa (after South Africa).WEB, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, The World Factbook, Namibia,weblink 2009, 23 January 2010, The majority of Namibian whites and nearly all those who are mixed race speak Afrikaans and share similar origins, culture, and religion as the white and coloured populations of South Africa. A large minority of whites (around 30,000) trace their family origins back to the German settlers who colonized Namibia prior to the British confiscation of German lands after World War I, and they maintain German cultural and educational institutions. Nearly all Portuguese settlers came to the country from the former Portuguese colony of Angola.NEWS,weblink Flight from Angola, The Economist, 16 August 1975, 10 September 2013, The 1960 census reported 526,004 persons in what was then South West Africa, including 73,464 whites (14%).BOOK, Singh, Lalita Prasad, The United Nations and Namibia, East African Publishing House, 1980, (File:Children in Namibia(1 cropped).jpg|thumb|left|Children in Namibia)Namibia conducts a census every ten years. After independence the first Population and Housing Census was carried out in 1991; further rounds followed in 2001 and 2011.WEB,weblink Census Summary Results, National Planning Commission of Namibia, 21 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120111224420weblink">weblink 11 January 2012, dmy-all, The data collection method is to count every person resident in Namibia on the census reference night, wherever they happen to be. This is called the de facto method.NEWS,weblink Namibia: 2011 Census Officially Launched, Kapitako, Alvine, 8 August 2011, Allafrica.com, 2017-08-26, For enumeration purposes the country is demarcated into 4,042 enumeration areas. These areas do not overlap with constituency boundaries to get reliable data for election purposes as well.WEB,weblink Methodology, National Planning Commission of Namibia, 21 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120111224420weblink">weblink 11 January 2012, dmy-all, The 2011 Population and Housing Census counted 2,113,077 inhabitants. Between 2001 and 2011 the annual population growth was 1.4%, down from 2.6% in the previous ten-year period.NEWS,weblink Census gives snapshot of Namibia's population, Duddy, Jo Maré, 28 March 2013, The Namibian, 2017-08-26,

Religion

File:Swakopmund ev-luth Kirche 1.jpg|thumb|Lutheran church in SwakopmundSwakopmundThe Christian community makes up 80%–90% of the population of Namibia, with at least 75% being Protestant, and at least 50% Lutheran. Lutherans are the largest religious group, a legacy of the German and Finnish missionary work during the country's colonial times. 10%–20% of the population hold indigenous beliefs.Missionary activities during the second half of the 19th century resulted in many Namibians converting to Christianity. Today most Christians are Lutheran, but there also are Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, African Methodist Episcopal, Dutch Reformed and Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).Islam in Namibia is subscribed to by about 9,000 people,WEB,weblink Table: Muslim Population by Country, Pew Research Center, 27 January 2011, 13 March 2017, many of them Nama.WEB,weblink Islam in Namibia, making an impact, Islamonline.net, 2017-08-26, Namibia is home to a small Jewish community of about 100 people.WEB,weblink Namibia: Virtual Jewish History Tour, Jewishvirtuallibrary.org, 1 August 2013,

Languages

File:NamibiaMehrsprachigkeit.jpg|thumb|left|Although its official language is English, Namibia is a multilingual country as is illustrated by these examples in English, German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo.]]Up to 1990, English, German, and Afrikaans were official languages. Long before Namibia's independence from South Africa, SWAPO was of the opinion that the country should become officially monolingual, choosing this approach in contrast to that of its neighbour South Africa (which granted all 11 of its major languages official status), which it saw as "a deliberate policy of ethnolinguistic fragmentation."Pütz, Martin (1995) "Official Monolingualism in Africa: A sociolinguistic assessment of linguistic and cultural pluralism in Africa", p. 155 in Discrimination through language in Africa? Perspectives on the Namibian Experience. Mouton de Gruyter. Berlin, {{ISBN|311014817X}} Consequently, SWAPO instituted English as Namibia's sole official language though only about 3% of the population speaks it as a home language. Its implementation is focused on the civil service, education and the broadcasting system, especially the state broadcaster NBC.BOOK, Kriger, Robert & Ethel, Afrikaans Literature: Recollection, Redefinition, Restitution., 1996, Rodopi Bv Editions, 978-9042000513, 66–67, Some other languages have received semi-official recognition by being allowed as medium of instruction in primary schools. Private schools are expected to follow the same policy as state schools, and "English language" is a compulsory subject. Some critics argue that, as in other postcolonial African societies, the push for monolingual instruction and policy has resulted in a high rate of school dropouts and of individuals whose academic competence in any language is low.Tötemeyer, Andree-Jeanne. Multilingualism and the language policy for Namibian schools. PRAESA Occasional Papers No. 37. University of Cape Town. Cape Town:2010.According to the 2011 census, the most common languages are Oshiwambo (the most spoken language for 49% of households),WEB, Languages Spoken,weblink GRN Portal, Government of Namibia, 17 March 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170306115415weblink">weblink 6 March 2017, dead, dmy-all, Nama/Damara (11.3%), Afrikaans (10.4%), Kavango (9%), and Otjiherero (9%).WEB, Namibia 2011 â€“ Population and Housing Census Main Report,weblink Namibia Statistics Agency, 10 September 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131002064316weblink">weblink 2 October 2013, dmy-all, The most widely understood national language is Afrikaans, the country's lingua franca. Both Afrikaans and English are used primarily as a second language reserved for public communication. A complete list of languages according to the 2011 census is 48.9% Oshiwambo, 11.3% Nama/Damara, 10.4% Afrikaans, 8.6% Otjiherero, 8.5% Kavango, 4.8% Caprivi Languages, 3.4% English, 1.2% Other African Languages, 0.9% German, 0.8% San, 0.7% Other European Languages, 0.3% Setswana, and 0.1% Asian Languages.WEB, Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011),weblink Namibia 2011 – Population and Housing Census Main Report, Namibia Statistics Agency, 24 August 2016, 39, Most of the white population speaks either German or Afrikaans. Even today, {{#expr:(2019-1915)}} years after the end of the German colonial era, German plays a role as a commercial language. Afrikaans is spoken by 60% of the white community, German by 32%, English by 7% and Portuguese by 4–5%. Geographical proximity to Portuguese-speaking Angola explains the relatively high number of Portuguese speakers; in 2011 these were estimated to be 100,000, or 4–5% of the total population.NEWS, Catherine, Sasman, 15 August 2011,weblink Portuguese to be introduced in schools, The Namibian, 24 June 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121222082932weblink">weblink 22 December 2012, dmy-all,

Largest cities

{{see also|List of cities and towns in Namibia}}{{Largest cities of Namibia}}

Sport

File:Namibia Rugby Team.jpg|right|thumb|upright|The Namibia rugby team ]]The most popular sport in Namibia is association football. The Namibia national football team qualified for the 1998, 2008 and 2019 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, but has yet to qualify for the World Cup.The most successful national team is the Namibian rugby team, having competed in five separate World Cups. Namibia were participants in the 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. Cricket is also popular, with the national side having played in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. In December 2017, Namibia Cricket reached the final of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial One Day Challenge for the first time. In February 2018 Namibia hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 with Namibia, Kenya, UAE, Nepal, Canada and Oman to compete for the final two ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier positions in Zimbabwe.WEB, Namibia Cricket Year Review, Helge Schütz, 19 December 2017,weblink live,weblink 2017-12-22, The most famous athlete from Namibia is Frankie Fredericks, sprinter in the 100 and 200 m events. He won four Olympic silver medals (1992, 1996) and also has medals from several World Athletics Championships.WEB,weblink IAAF World Championships in Athletics, www.gbrathletics.com, 2019-02-26, Golfer Trevor Dodds won the Greater Greensboro Open in 1998, one of 15 tournaments in his career. He achieved a career high world ranking of 78th in 1998.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}} Professional cyclist and Namibian Road Race champion Dan Craven represented Namibia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in both the road race and individual time trial.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}} Boxer Julius Indongo is the unified WBA, IBF, and IBO world champion in the Light welterweight division.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}}

Media

{{see also|Media of Namibia}}Although Namibia's population is fairly small, the country has a diverse choice of media; two TV stations, 19 radio stations (without counting community stations), 5 daily newspapers, several weeklies and special publications compete for the attention of the audience. Additionally, a mentionable amount of foreign media, especially South African, is available. Online media are mostly based on print publication contents. Namibia has a state-owned Press Agency, called NAMPA.Rothe, Andreas (2010): Media System and News Selection in Namibia. p. 14-96 Overall {{circa}} 300 journalists work in the country.NEWS, 40 journalists lose jobs since 2016, Kahiurika, Ndanki, Ngutjinazo, Okeri, The Namibian, 22 January 2019, 6,weblink The first newspaper in Namibia was the German-language Windhoeker Anzeiger, founded 1898. During German rule, the newspapers mainly reflected the living reality and the view of the white German-speaking minority. The black majority was ignored or depicted as a threat. During South African rule, the white bias continued, with mentionable influence of the Pretoria government on the "South West African" media system. Independent newspapers were seen as a menace to the existing order, and critical journalists were often threatened.von Nahmen, Carsten (2001): Deutschsprachige Medien in NamibiaLinks, Frederico (2006): We write what we like: The role of independent print media and independent reporting in NamibiaCurrent daily newspapers are the private publications The Namibian (English and other languages), Die Republikein (Afrikaans), Allgemeine Zeitung (German) and Namibian Sun (English) as well as the state-owned New Era (predominantly English). Except for the largest newspaper, The Namibian, which is owned by a trust, the other mentioned private newspapers are part of the Democratic Media Holdings. Other mentionable newspapers are the tabloid Informanté owned by TrustCo, the weekly Windhoek Observer, the weekly Namibia Economist, as well as the regional Namib Times. Current affairs magazines include Insight Namibia, Vision2030 Focus magazine{{citation needed|date=July 2015}} and Prime FOCUS. The Sister Namibia magazine stands out as the longest running NGO magazine in Namibia, while Namibia Sport is the only national sport magazine. Furthermore, the print market is complemented with party publications, student newspapers and PR publications.Radio was introduced in 1969, TV in 1981. The broadcasting sector today is dominated by the state-run Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). The public broadcaster offers a TV station as well as a "National Radio" in English and nine language services in locally spoken languages. The nine private radio stations in the country are mainly English-language channels, except for Radio Omulunga (Oshiwambo) and Kosmos 94.1 (Afrikaans).Privately held One Africa TV has competed with NBC since the 2000s.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100928202233weblink">One Africa Television. oneafrica.tv. 25 May 2010Compared to neighbouring countries, Namibia has a large degree of media freedom. Over the past years, the country usually ranked in the upper quarter of the Press Freedom Index of Reporters without Borders, reaching position 21 in 2010, being on par with Canada and the best-positioned African country.WEB,weblink Press Freedom Index 2010, Reporters Without Borders, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101124050702weblink">weblink 24 November 2010, 12 December 2012, The African Media Barometer shows similarly positive results.{{citation needed|date=June 2013}} However, as in other countries, there is still mentionable influence of representatives of state and economy on media in Namibia. In 2009, Namibia dropped to position 36 on the Press Freedom Index.WEB,weblink Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders, 2017-08-26, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120128213104weblink">weblink 28 January 2012, dmy-all, In 2013, it was 19th.WEB, Press Freedom Index 2013,weblink 24 June 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140727023534weblink">weblink 27 July 2014, dmy-all, In 2014 it ranked 22nd WEB,weblink World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders, 25 April 2015, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140214120404weblink">weblink 14 February 2014, dmy-all, Media and journalists in Namibia are represented by the Namibian chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the Editors' Forum of Namibia. An independent media ombudsman was appointed in 2009 to prevent a state-controlled media council.

Education

(File:42817 06.JPG|thumb|Secondary school students){{See also|List of schools in Namibia}}Namibia has free education for both primary and secondary education levels. Grades 1–7 are primary level, grades 8–12 are secondary. In 1998, there were 400,325 Namibian students in primary school and 115,237 students in secondary schools. The pupil-teacher ratio in 1999 was estimated at 32:1, with about 8% of the GDP being spent on education.WEB,weblink Namibia – Education, Encyclopedia of Nations, Curriculum development, educational research, and professional development of teachers is centrally organised by the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) in Okahandja.WEB,weblink National Institute for Educational Development, Nied.edu.na, 26 June 2010, Most schools in Namibia are state-run, but there are some private schools, which are also part of the country's education system. There are four teacher training universities, three colleges of agriculture, a police training college, and three universities: University of Namibia (UNAM), International University of Management (IUM) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

Health

{{See also|HIV/AIDS in Namibia}}Life expectancy at birth is estimated to be 64 years in 2017 â€“ among the lowest in the world.WEB,weblink Life Expectancy ranks, The World Factbook, 2017-08-26, Namibia launched a National Health Extension Programme in 2012WEB,weblink Namibia: Health Extension Programme Will Bridge Gaps Â? Unicef, 16 October 2012, 26 August 2017, AllAfrica.com, deployment 1,800 (2015) of a total ceiling of 4,800 health extension workers trained for six months in community health activities including first aid, health promotion for disease prevention, nutritional assessment and counseling, water sanitation and hygiene practices, HIV testing and community-based antiretroviral treatment.WEB, Going the extra mile to deliver health care,weblink unicef, 7 August 2015, Namibia faces non-communicable disease burden. The Demographic and Health Survey (2013) summarizes findings on elevated blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and obesity:
  • Among eligible respondents age 35–64, more than 4 in 10 women (44 percent) and men (45 percent) have elevated blood pressure or are currently taking medicine to lower their blood pressure.
  • Forty-nine percent of women and 61 percent of men are not aware that they have elevated blood pressure.
  • Forty-three percent of women and 34 percent of men with hypertension are taking medication for their condition.
  • Only 29 percent of women and 20 percent of men with hypertension are taking medication and have their blood pressure under control.
  • Six percent of women and 7 percent of men are diabetic; that is, they have elevated fasting plasma glucose values or report that they are taking diabetes medication. An additional 7 percent of women and 6 percent of men are prediabetic.
  • Sixty-seven percent of women and 74 percent of men with diabetes are taking medication to lower their blood glucose.
  • Women and men with a higher-than-normal body mass index (25.0 or higher) are more likely to have elevated blood pressure and elevated fasting blood glucose.Ministry of Health and Social Services (2013); ICF Macro (2013) Namibia Demographic and Health Survey 201weblink {{PD-notice}} 
(File:AIDS and HIV prevalence 2008.svg|thumb|Estimated percentage of HIV among young adults (15–49) per country {{as of|2011|lc=y}}.WEB, AIDSinfo,weblink UNAIDS, March 4, 2013, live,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130305203900weblink">weblink March 5, 2013, mdy-all, {{Col-begin}}{{Col-break}}{{legend|#b00000|15–50}}{{col-end}})The HIV epidemic remains a public health issue in Namibia despite significant achievements made by the Ministry of Health and Social Services to expand HIV treatment services.CONFERENCE, Namibia AIDS Conference 2016: 28 to 30 November 2016,weblink Together We Are Ending AIDS in Namibia, 2017-01-15, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170116155355weblink">weblink 16 January 2017, dmy-all, In 2001, there were an estimated 210,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and the estimated death toll in 2003 was 16,000. According to the 2011 UNAIDS Report, the epidemic in Namibia "appears to be leveling off."WEB,weblink UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report 2011, UNAIDS, 2017-08-26, As the HIV/AIDS epidemic has reduced the working-aged population, the number of orphans has increased. It falls to the government to provide education, food, shelter and clothing for these orphans.WEB,weblink Aidsinafrica.net, Aidsinafrica.net, 2017-08-26, A Demographic and Health Survey with an HIV biomarker was completed in 2013 and served as the fourth comprehensive, national-level population and health survey conducted in Namibia as part of the global Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) programme. The DHS observed important characteristics associated to the HIV epidemic:
  • Overall, 26 percent of men age 15–49 and 32 percent of those age 50–64 have been circumcised. HIV prevalence for men age 15–49 is lower among circumcised (8.0 percent) than among uncircumcised men (11.9 percent). The pattern of lower HIV prevalence among circumcised than uncircumcised men is observed across most background characteristics. For each age group, circumcised men have lower HIV prevalence than those who are not circumcised; the difference is especially pronounced for men age 35–39 and 45–49 (11.7 percentage points each). The difference in HIV prevalence between uncircumcised and circumcised men is larger among urban than rural men (5.2 percentage points versus 2.1 percentage points).
  • HIV prevalence among respondents age 15–49 is 16.9 percent for women and 10.9 percent for men. HIV prevalence rates among women and men age 50–64 are similar (16.7 percent and 16.0 percent, respectively).
  • HIV prevalence peaks in the 35–39 age group for both women and men (30.9 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively). It is lowest among respondents age 15–24 (2.5–6.4 percent for women and 2.0–3.4 percent for men).
  • Among respondents age 15–49, HIV prevalence is highest for women and men in Zambezi (30.9 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively) and lowest for women in Omaheke (6.9 percent) and men in Ohangwena (6.6 percent).
  • In 76.4 percent of the 1,007 cohabiting couples who were tested for HIV in the 2013 NDHS, both partners were HIV negative; in 10.1 percent of the couples, both partners were HIV positive; and 13.5 percent of the couples were discordant (that is, one partner was infected with HIV and the other was not).
As of 2015, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and UNAIDS produced a Progress Report in which UNAIDS projected HIV prevalence among 15 â€“ 49 year olds at 13.3% [12.2% â€“ 14.5%] and an estimated 210 000 [200 000 â€“ 230 000] living with HIV.WEB,weblink HIV and AIDS estimates (2015), Unaids.org, 2017-08-26, The malaria problem seems to be compounded by the AIDS epidemic.{{Citation needed|date=January 2017|reason=Reliable source needed for the whole sentence}} Research has shown that in Namibia the risk of contracting malaria is 14.5% greater if a person is also infected with HIV. The risk of death from malaria is also raised by approximately 50% with a concurrent HIV infection. The country had only 598 physicians in 2002.WEB,weblink WHO Country Offices in the WHO African Region, Afro.who.int, 26 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100107105806weblink">weblink 7 January 2010, dmy-all,

See also

References

Footnotes

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  • Besenyo, Molnar: UN peacekeeping in Namibia, Tradecraft Review, Periodical of the Military National Security Service, 2013, 1. Special Issue, 93-109

General references

  • Christy, S. A. (2007). Namibian Travel Photography.
  • Horn, N/Bösl, A (eds.). Human rights and the rule of law in Namibia, Macmillan Namibia, 2008.
  • Horn, N/Bösl, A (eds.). The independence of the judiciary in Namibia, Macmillan Namibia, 2008.
  • KAS Factbook Namibia, Facts and figures about the status and development of Namibia, Ed. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
  • (:fr:Jean-Claude Fritz|Fritz, Jean-Claude). La Namibie indépendante. Les coûts d'une décolonisation retardée, Paris, L'Harmattan, 1991.
  • World Almanac. 2004. World Almanac Books. New York, NY

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