Namibia

Human Capital and Labour Report Namibia

The Republic of Namibia is situated in Southern Africa. The country is bordered by South Africa to the south and east, Botswana to the east, Angola and Zambia to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country comprises 825,615 km (318,722 sq. miles) and is situated between the Kalahari and Namibia deserts. Namibia is one of the least populated countries in the world and is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Namibia, previously known as South-West Africa, was under South African rule and only gained independence in 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Namibia has 13 languages and locals commonly speak two or three languages. Namibia is ranked 6th in Africa on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Namibia is an upper middle-income country with a stable economy and is considered to be one of the top emerging market economies in Africa, and the 13th best in the world

This country analysis focuses on broad human capital indicators including:

  • Country profile, including a brief overview of the country; corruption and governance indicators; and the business culture.
  • Economic indicators, including an overview of the economy; economic empowerment; largest companies; foreign aid and foreign investment.
  • Socio-demographic indicators, including population parameters, standard of living and poverty measures.
  • Healthcare and wellness: The focus here is on the impact of Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and malaria on the workforce and workplace; the availability of specialist healthcare and also primary and secondary healthcare.
  • Education trends, including the education level of the population and workforce; as well as education standards and output.
  • Labour force, including the economically active population; job creation; employment sectors; skills shortages; the training and skills development framework; employment of expatriates; brain drain; industrial relations; professional human resource management and more.

Throughout the research, implications, challenges and recommendations are offered to employers, policy makers, donors, investors and the human resource management fraternity. This is all done within the context of the Namibian socio-economic realities.

Where appropriate, comparisons were made against South Africa, Nigeria and Botswana. Nigeria was selected because it is the largest economy in Africa; South Africa for being the second largest economy and most modern economy in Africa. The data of these countries are used to provide context and perspective.

The country analysis refers only briefly to the Namibian economy, political situation or general risk factors. There are dozens of platforms, reports, research and publications available in that regard for those who wish to apprise themselves of information relating to those areas.

The research is unique by its predominant focus on the Namibian labour force.

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16 April 2018

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