A tale of two oceans: future prospects for Namibia and Mozambique


This seminar presents the long-term development prospects of Namibia and Mozambique based on research funded by IrishAid and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Namibia has significant potential for human development. It is already upper-middle-income, has extensive natural resources, economic growth of about 4.5% per year, and good results on governance and equality. But the country has some of the lowest levels of access to basic services of any upper-middle-income country.

Mozambique’s development indicators are significantly worse than Nambia’s, but the discovery of large natural gas reserves has generated great optimism about the future. Natural gas revenues could be a windfall, but if those resources are mismanaged they could fuel the cycle of underdevelopment that has beset the country for decades.

The new research reports on Namibia and Mozambique will be available at the seminar.

Chair: Fonteh Akum, Senior Researcher, ISS


Zachary Donnenfeld, Researcher, ISS

Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS

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