How Namibia can boost its human development potential


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 compared to other upper-middle-income countries, Namibia has the lowest access to sanitation, fewest years of average education and highest proportion of undernourished children. How can the government maximise its development potential and prepare for a dynamic 21st century economy?

This seminar explores Namibia’s likely development path and alternative scenarios to show which investments will provide the greatest return for human well-being.

Chair: Graham Hopwood, Director, Institute of Public Policy Research


Klaus Schade, Institute of Public Policy Research

Zach Donnenfeld, Researcher, ISS