Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for its sparse population of about 2.6-million, with an average of just more than three people per kilometre.
Land of desolation and expanse
Education and healthcare
Education is free for primary and secondary schools and the government has made steady progress in the treatment and prevention of communicable diseases, however many communities are isolated and remote and don’t have access to education and healthcare.
The remoteness of much of its population has also resulted in Namibia having one of the highest rates of income inequality, with just 10% of the population accounting for 51.8% of the country’s wealth. This is in part due to the fact that many people living in remote rural areas live in a cashless economy and rely on subsistence herding and farming for their livelihoods. About 17% of the population live in poverty.
Conservation of the environment is incorporated in Namibia’s Constitution and communities have the right to benefit economically by managing their wildlife through communal conservancies. Nearly half of Namibia (43%) is under conservation and natural resources, for the most part, are well managed with wildlife accepted as part of a complimentary land use method for agriculture and livestock herding.