Young People in Namibia
An analysis of the 2011 population and housing census
After years of sustained economic growth, Namibia was declared an upper middle income country in 2009. Strong economic development has led to some reduction in poverty but inequality and disparities remain high. Children are particularly affected by inequities – they are more likely than adults to grow up in poverty, to lack access to social services and to suffer from the long-term impact of poverty and deprivation.
In 2011 the Government of Namibia conducted its latest National Population and Housing Census, providing data on population structure, living conditions, access to education, health care and protection of people in Namibia, and providing an overview of the regional disparities therein. The Census provides a strong opportunity to strengthen the evidence base on the well-being of children and young people in Namibia.