20.05.2010, 19 Uhr - Vortrag
Henning Melber is invited to give a tour d"horizon of the last 20 years and discuss the prospects of democracy and socio-economic development of a country which has made remarkable achievements in national reconciliation, whilst simultaneously being confronted with huge challenges ahead. Henning Melber is a German born scholar and activist who has spent much of his life in Namibia, Southern Africa. He joined the liberation movement in 1974, is member of the ruling party SWAPO and is one of the most prominent commentators on Namibian politics and development.

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