This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week four: Change and Hope.
Namibia is only a year older than I am, yet the country has accomplished unbelievable progress in the almost 27 years since its independence. One of the best examples is language. Namibia changed their official language to English during independence because they wanted to be able to compete on an international level. Now, in 2017, I haven’t met a person who doesn’t at least have a basic understanding of English. In fact, my third grade neighbor is completely fluent and is an excellent reader. With an upward trajectory like this, I can only see bright things in Namibia’s future. While there is still a ways to go, here are some of the most notable accomplishments to date.
South African enclave of Walvis Bay turned over to Namibia
Sister Namibia, a feminist, nonpartisan NGO magazine, is awarded the Felipa de Souza Award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission for its work in standing up to government officials in defense of sexual minority rights.
The Namibian rugby team competes in its first World Cup (would go on to compete in four more).
Prime Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab declares land reform as a top priority.
Labour act passed to protect people from job discrimination stemming from pregnancy and HIV/AIDS status.
Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel reaches 94.6%.
The proportion of individuals classified as poor reduces by 40.6% from 1993. The proportion of individuals classified as severely poor reduces by 43.6%.
Namibia reaches position 21 in the Press Freedom Index of Reporters without Borders, being on par with Canada. Proportion of households with access to safe drinking water reaches 99% for urban households and 90% for rural households. Percentage of tuberculosis cases treated sucessfully reaches 85%.
Namibia endorses the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS, at the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS.
Net enrollment ratio in primary education reaches 99.6%. Incidence of Malaria reduces to just 1.4 in 1000 people.
Bloomberg names Namibia the top emerging market economy in Africa and the 13th best in the world. Cell phone subscribers reaches 115% of the population. Communal nature conservancies reach 19.4% of all land in Namibia.
Lonely Planet lists Namibia as 2nd best tourist destination in the world in terms of value.
Namibia 2013 Millennium Development Goals Interim Progress Report No. 4
Sister Namibia Wikipedia Page
Namibia Wikipedia Page