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Namibia 2016



Republic of Namibia
Southwestern Africa

Area 824K km²

Arable 1%

Population 2.2M (3/km²)

Gov’t Republic

Capital Windhoek (380K)

GCP/capita $8,200

In poverty 29%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 55%

Life expectancy 52 yrs

Infant Mortality 46/1K live births


Literacy 89%

Languages Oshiwambo, Damara/
Nama, Afrikaans, English, other

Religions Christian, indigenous beliefs

Labor Force Agriculture 16%, 
industry 22%, services 61%

PCVs 1990–present CURRENT: 132 
TTD: 1,475; education, health, 
community economic development

Adult Books

An Arid Eden: A Personal Account of Conservation in the KaokoveldAn Arid Eden: A Personal Account of Conservation in the Kaokoveld
Garth Owen-Smith, 2011

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishing
Format: Paperback: 620 pages
ISBN-10: 1868423638 / ISBN-13: 978-1868423637
Synopsis/Review: Personal account of conservation in the Kaokoveld area of Namibia in Africa. Once a verdant, lush area which abounded in wildlife, this beautiful Eden became a sparse, arid area on the brink of becoming a desert because of poor use of the land by people of the early 20th century ... In a unique experiment by determined people who cared enough to nurture this land back to its natural, thriving green potential and save the wildlife habitation before it was too late, the Kaokoveld gradually became one of the conservation successes of the century. The author visited in 1967 and was inspired to help make it what it used to be. Now animals are carefully guarded against poaching as their herds rebuild from near extinction, especially the black rhinos. It is a success story and a memoir of four decades of loving work by amazing people. A terrific read for anyone interested in saving our planet.

Kids' Books

Desert Danger (Wild Rescue)Desert Danger (Wild Rescue)
Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, illus Diane Le Feyer, 2013, AGES 8–11

Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Format: 152pp
ISBN-13: 978-1434248923

Synopsis: Ben and Zoe travel to the Kalahari Desert in Namibia to rescue a lion cub who has fallen down a well, but a sandstorm threatens to overwhelm them before they can get the cub back to its pride.


Film: Tjitji—The Himba Girl
Director: Oshosheni Hiveluah, 2014
Languages: Otjihimba & English

Documentary: Paths to Freedom
Director: Richard Pakleppa, 2014
Languages: Various languages with English subtitles

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