Monday, July 16, 2012

Namibia - the statistics lie

United Nations Resident Representative, Musinga Bandora, says poverty and inequality are of the most pressing social issues in Namibia.

 Unemployment has exceeded 50 percent.

 Although Namibia's per capita income of US$4,820 places it in the World Bank's upper-middle income grouping, average income paints a misleading picture since Namibia's income distribution is among the most unequal in the world, with a Gini coefficient estimated at 0.58 by the latest (2009/10) household survey. Namibia is ranked 120 out of 187 countries surveyed in the 2011 Human Development Report.

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