Unconventional Landscapes: Protected Areas Expansion in NamibiaJun 5, 2015Despite its arid lands, Namibia is rich in biodiversity. To date, it has 20 state-run protected areas comprising nearly 17% of the country’s total land area. These protected areas are a centrepiece of Namibia’s tourism industry, which in turn sustainably supports the country’s economic development.
UNDP supports mushroom projectJun 5, 2015Situated in Luderitz, a coastal town of Namibia, the Oukumwe Support Group Mushroom Project has developed production methodologies for the cultivation of oyster mushroom, which is among the crops that have been successfully adapted to the coastal environment. The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP) and implemented by UNDP.
Settling in VasdraaiJun 5, 2015Many Namibians in rural areas work on commercial farms, privately owned, to earn a living and support their families. For some, this suddenly changed in 1997 when 73 families, who were previously employed as farm workers and squatters on the Seeis farm near Windhoek, were expelled and resettled on the Vasdraai farm.
Adapting to water shortages in arid NamibiaNov 6, 2013“Normally it rains this time of year, but not a drop has fallen,” complains farmer Paulus Amutenya. “My crops are burning on the field.”
It’s mid‐November in Outapi, a small farming town in Northern Namibia, not far from the Angolan border. Outapi is always hot, but this year the rains that cool the soil and allow crops to germinate are exceptionally late. For weeks now farmers have been praying for clouds to appear in the clear blue sky.
Improve your goat and beat climate changeNov 6, 2013The shadows are already getting longer as we head off to tate Reinhard’s homestead deep in the mopane woodlands of northern Namibia. Andreas Shilomboleni, coordinator of the Country Pilot Partnership’s (CPP) Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project guns the Landcruiser over sandy roads that meander between the thousands of oshana’s ‐ open spaces that get flooded in the rainy season.
Understanging Poverty Data in NamibiaNov 6, 2013Statistics emerge in frequent surveys conducted by the Namibian government but the surveys rarely are followed by extensive analysis. As a consequence, understanding the linkages between poverty, inequality and economic growth and what options exist to bridge the gap between rich and poor are key public policy challenges in this southern African country.
UNDP supports towards Poverty analysis in NamibiaNov 6, 2013The Economic Policy and Poverty Unit of UNDP Namibia in partnership with the Stellenbosch University’s research on Social Policy Centre and the Southern Africa Social Policy Insight all based in South Africa through South-South Cooperation successfully empowered 14 Development Advisors from National Planning Commission and Data Analyst from Namibia Statistics Agencies on how to undertake studies on constructing and analysing poverty mapping and deprivation indexes using STATA Software. Despite the classification of Namibia as an upper Middle Income Country, there is still wide level of inequality in the country.
Gender-Based Violence Art ExhibitionNov 6, 2013The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in partnership with UNDP, UNAIDS and Victims 2 Survivors successfully hosted a national exhibition titled “Unite to end Gender-based Violence (GBV)” from 28 June to 02 August 2013 at the gallery’s premises in Windhoek.
San get on information highwayNov 6, 2013Indigenous peoples such as the San have been marginalized by dominant societies and have therefore been excluded from exercising their democratic rights and having access to technologies. But things are changing for the oldest people of Africa. The San have started making the first steps towards the information highway.