NAMIBIA 20 YEARS INDEPENDENCE
The smooth transition to independence during 1989/1990, which followed a long and protracted anticolonial liberation struggle, turned Namibia into an internationally applauded showpiece of African democracy. Today, many commentators see Namibia as one of the few shining examples of post-colonial development and successful state-building in Africa. Taking stock of the last twenty years does not however give reasons for uncritical enthusiasm. Namibia is one of the countries with the most unequal distribution of income and access to resources in Africa; the last election was marked by growing political intolerance and its results were disputed in court; the HIV/AIDS infection rate is one of the highest in the world and the unemployment rate is above 50%.
- Hening Melber, Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden
- Ulf Engel, University of Leipzig
- Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel