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The IPPR’s latest economic bulletin bemoans the fact that Namibia continues to drift down global competitiveness and ease of doing business rankings despite the fact that improvements have been factored into national development targets.

Namibia’s economic prospects for the next year remain less than rosy – with growth forecasts being downsized. If current predictions hold, the economy will have soon been in recession for two years. One glimmer of hope is that tax revenues for 2018/19 remain on track due to boosts from the mining sector and the withholding tax on savings.

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Procurement Tracker is an initiative of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), with funding support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), to monitor and track developments and issues within the Namibian public procurement sphere and publishes a quarterly review of such public procurement developments and issues.

Procurement Tracker 1 - July 2018

Issue 2 of Procurement Tracker Namibia looks at what has happened to the procurement plans that are supposed to be published by ministries, government offices and agencies, sub-national levels of government and public enterprises. Despite legal requirements that these plans are made available, many have not yet appeared. Procurement Tracker is an initiative of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). The regular bulletin aims to monitor and track developments and issues within the Namibian public procurement sphere.

Procurement Tracker 2- September 2018 

Transparency issues continue to undermine the credibility of Namibia’s procurement system according to the new Procurement Tracker Namibia bulletin. Procurement Tracker is an initiative of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). The regular bulletin aims to monitor and track developments and issues within the Namibian public procurement sphere.

Procurement Tracker 3 - October 2018 

This new edition of the Economy Watch bulletin looks at growth forecasts for the world and the region, as well as the prospects of recovery for the Namibian economy. The bulletin also takes a closer look at oil and fuel price trends.

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The Namibian Constitution has been recognized as one of the most progressive of it’s time. Our leaders have committed themselves to taking the necessary economic, legal, social and political steps to transform Namibia into a democratic country, with respect to human rights and freedom and a thriving political system characterised by good governance. However, these goals cannot be left to our political leaders alone.

It is for this reason that civic education programmes like the one run by the Hanns Seidel Foundation are vital, so that young Namibians, particularly those in secondary and tertiary institutions in order for them to effectively participate in the democratic process at local and national levels.

The series of factsheets are on Advocacy in Action, Know Your Government & Rule of Law and are available for reading/ download below: 


1. Law in Namibia

 Rule of Law 

Understanding the Law 

Statue Law 

Common Law 

Customary Law

International Law & Human Rights 


2. Know Your Government 

Overview of the Namibian Government 

Three Branches of Government

Executive Branch 

Legislative Branch

Judicial Branch 

Regional & Local Government 

Elections in Namibia 

Government Watchdogs 


3. Advocacy in Action 

Planning an Advocacy Campaign

Meetings with Decision-Makers


Public Marches and Demonstrations

Participating in Public Hearings

Advocacy through the Media

Advocacy through Email, Internet & Social Media


President Geingob has now been in office for three years – enough time to make a difference. In this paper we provide an overview of his first three years in office,  assess the progress toward his signature Harambee Prosperity Plan, and his performance on the promises he has made.


3 Years of Geingob 

Namibia’s national budget 2018/19 was tabled during what is unquestionably the most challenging economic time experienced in the country’s independent history. The economy continued to deteriorate through 2017, with the first three quarters of the year showing a 1.6% contraction, in inflation adjusted terms, when compared to the same period of 2016. This contraction stemmed from a number of sectors, but was most noticeably the result of large contractions in the construction and wholesale and retail trade sectors.

The National Budget 2018-19 

This edition of Economy Watch looks at growth forecasts for the world and the region. The IMF’s quarterly update of its World Economic Outlook sets its growth forecast at 3.9%. Growth predictions for the EU and USA have been revised upward. A slight upward revision was also seen for Sub-Saharan Africa, with growth projected at 3.4%.

The report also discusses the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, which was signed by 44 African states in late March (Namibia did not sign). The agreement seeks to increase trade among African countries by removing customs duties on most products.


Economy Watch - April 2018 

 The lack of urban housing has become a key political issue of our age. Informal settlements are growing rapidly, and most Local Authorities seem to be struggling to keep up with the demand for housing from their rapidly growing populations.

 This report provides an overview of the housing situation in Namibia, and gives recommendations for the way forward. Through a desk review, interviews with experts, and a survey of inhabitants of informal settlements in three towns, the report identifies the key factors holding back housing in Namibia.

Namibia is hamstrung by an outdated, complex and rigid framework which leaves Local Authorities with few options to innovate in response to challenges. The survey found differences in attitudes across towns; policy should respond to these different needs rather than being uniformly rigid. Above all, the report argues that Namibia should commit to a new housing vision, which emphasises the provision of land rather than housing, and embraces progressive planning ideals.


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A special edition in Insight MAGAZINE dedicated to the 25th Independence Anniversary. The Hanns Seidel Foundation supported its publication. Topics revolve around Leadership, State of Democracy, Politics, Land, Corruption, Health, Tourism and Politics.

25th Independence Anniversary Edition (pdf)

In this commemorative publication, Celebrating 25 years of Democratic Elections, the focus is not only on the elections held in Namibia since 1989, but we also take an in-depth look at other democratic processes. Insightful analyses of essential elements of democracy are provided by analysts who are regarded as experts on Namibian politics.

Celebrating 25 years of Democracy (pdf)

The Anti-Corruption Act serves to establish the Anti-Corruption Commission and provide for its functions; to provide for the prevention and punishment of corruption; and to make provision for matters connected therewith.

Anti-Corruption Act (pdf)



This Booklet was published two weeks ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The booklet celebrates Namibia's progress to foster dynamic solutions to address climate change.



Commemorating 20 Years of Tackling Climate Change in Namibia 1995-2015  (pdf)

The publication on Environmental Law and Policy in Namibia by O.C. Ruppel and K.G. Ruppel-Schlichting intends to put together a compilation of environmentally relevant documents such as laws, policies, international agreements and selected reports and publications contiuously updated.

Environmental Law and Policy in Namibia (pdf)

As with so much else in Namibia, climate change is all over policy documents but rarely features when it comes to government initiative implementation. Time has come for this to change, writes Dietrich Remmert in Insight Magazine.

Time to Believe in Change (pdf)




Using the International Futures (IFs) forecasting system, this paper first presents a plausible long-term population forecast for Namibia. This forecast is then used to assess key targets from the National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030, Namibia’s long-term development strategy.

ISS Paper (pdf)