Namibia is also the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for its sparse population of about 2.6-million, with an average of just more than three people per kilometre.
Education is free for primary and secondary schools and the government has made steady progress in the treatment and prevention of communicable diseases, however many communities are isolated and remote and don’t have access to education and healthcare.
The remoteness of much of its population has also resulted in Namibia having one of the highest rates of income inequality, with just 10% of the population accounting for 51.8% of the country’s wealth. This is in part due to the fact that many people living in remote rural areas live in a cashless economy and rely on subsistence herding and farming for their livelihoods. About 17% of the population live in poverty.
Conservation of the environment is incorporated in Namibia’s Constitution and communities have the right benefit economically by managing their wildlife through communal conservancies. Nearly half of Namibia(43%) is under conservation and natural resources, for the most part, are well managed with wildlife accepted as part of a complimentary land use method to agriculture and livestock herding
Our Footprint in Namibia
To date Africa Foundation has been working with the community of Maltahoe, located approximately 300km south of Windhoek, 110km west of Mariental.
The community has about 6,000 inhabitants; and has two suburbs – the Andreville location and Blikkiesdorp informal settlement which is not serviced by any municipality. The town has been in decline for a number of decades, its infrastructure is extremely limited, with neither sewerage nor electricity supply. It is estimated that only 10% of the population have employment.
Africa Foundation is also engaged with the community of Uibis, where there is a similar need for our support, particularly in the area of education facilities.
The CLEF bursary programme was introduced in Namibia in 2019, and supports children from Maltahoe, who attended the high school in Mariental and are eager to access tertiary level education.