The Scramble for the City – Urbanization in Namibia

Increasing numbers of rural dwellers move to town in search of employment. They are driven by the scarcity of rural resources, and attracted by urban life. Since 1991, Namibia’s urban population more than doubled. At present, 42% of the country’s 2.1 million live in urban areas.

Namibia’s cities face severe challenges. As informal settlements of the marginalized poor grow in number and size, affluent suburbs also expand. Cities grow apart, spatially and socially, reflecting intensifying social inequalities of post- independence Namibian society.

Research-based evidence on urban housing and living conditions in Namibia is still sketchy. What triggers mobility? With unemployment and poverty persisting, why do shack dwellers hold out? How do urban authorities respond? What are the government’s developmental policies to confront rapid urbanization and further social marginalization?

The August Public Lecture Series at the University of Namibia, now staged in its seventh year, offers a forum for information and critical debate. It is jointly organized by the Department of Sociology at UNAM and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The general public is cordially invited to attend and actively contribute to the debate.

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