Inequality remains high in Namibia: Minister

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta says inequality remains high in Namibia.

Kameeta, who was speaking during the United Nations (UN) 70th anniversary commemoration here yesterday, said although Namibia ranks third in the Education for All Development Index and fifth in the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, inequality is high.

He said despite all these accomplishments, one in every three people in Namibia is unemployed, with unemployment among young women aged 20 to 24 estimated to be as high as 50 per cent.

Kameeta noted that in 2011, six of the then 13 regions had one or more constituencies with more than 50 per cent of the population classified as poor, while nine of the 13 regions had one or more constituencies with more than 30 per cent of the population classified as poor.

He further said poverty levels are higher in rural areas than urban centers. However, the most affected are female-headed households; older pensioners and subsistence farmers, who are disproportionately affected.

He said there is a lot of work to be done before Namibia can say it is on the road to sustainable development.