Datazone level Namibian Index of Multiple Deprivation
In November 2009, the Khomas Regional Council requested UNDP to assist in designing an objective criterion or set of criteria, devoid of political and other considerations, which the Council could use in allocating development resources. Subsequent discussions led to an agreement that other stakeholders, especially the Central Bureau of Statistics needed to be involved and that the criterion or set of criteria needed to go beyond income poverty considerations. It was also agreed that rather than focus on Khomas region alone, the criterion or set of criteria needed to be applicable to, or cover the entire country.
Since the scope and depth of analysis needed for the development of the NIMD required very detailed and reliable data and information, it was agreed that the 2001 census data, though ‘outdated’, be used as the source of information for preparing the NIMD. Accordingly, the NIMD being presented in this report reflects the situation at the 2001 time point only. UNDP and the GRN recognize that the report does not speak to possible changes in relative deprivation that may have occurred since 2001.