By Confidente Reporter
OVER the last few years Africa has become less prosperous, extensively due to negative impact of the financial crisis in emerging markets but Namibia’s high ranking in the delivery of prosperity – 4th in Africa according to the Legatum prosperity index – is a clear indication that the current administration been laying the right foundations for a Prosperous Namibia.
Over the past 18 months, in the period marked Dr Hage Geingob assuming Presidency, Namibia has showed great progress when it was measured against a broad set of indicators that tell us not only how the nation has performed economically but in vital areas of education, health, freedom, opportunity, social capital, and more.
The Prosperity Index which covers 142 countries in the world, accounting for 96 per cent of the world’s population and 99 per cent of global GDP making it the most comprehensive tool of its kind, has told Namibia’s human progress goes beyond economics. In line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan for all, it shows us that for nations to flourish they must provide opportunity and freedom to their citizens. It shows how access to quality healthcare and education provides the foundations on which nations can grow. It proves that effective and transparent government empowers citizens to take control of their lives, and it shows that protection from violence and oppression, as well as strong social bonds, are crucial to a thriving society.
We may recall that in the progress of the current administration and within its implementation roadmap, the emerging concepts and philosophies have been coined around ensuring that processes are inclusive and transparent. This also pertains to processes that will instil confidence in national democracy, and that will minimize the risks of rumour mongering and conspiracy theories.
As policymakers and researchers such as the Legatum Institute focus increasing attention on the importance of government transparency for accountability and good governance more generally, the demand for greater conceptual clarity and authoritative measures of government transparency increases. The Geingob administration has shown that it advocates maintaining greater access to government information as the sine qua non of greater accountability and better quality of government in the long term.
Indeed all of this emphasises that prosperity is truly multi-dimensional remains the cornerstone of how prosperity will further be achieved by Namibia but to secure a better nation we need to look beyond GDP. We need to recognise that freedom of choice and democracy are the building blocks of prosperous societies. We need to recognise that health lays the foundation for human flourishing. We need to understand that education is a cornerstone of individual wellbeing as well as economic growth. And we need to prioritise opportunity and social capital, without which societies cannot prosper. Conclusively, it is imperative that we take the findings of this report and reflect on the state of the fundamental cornerstones of prosperity. Our ranking shows that slower-growth need not spell the end of rising prosperity in Namibia, but rather demonstrates practical ways in which government can deliver greater prosperity with the wealth they the country has.
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