NAMIBIA 2021 SCORECARD: Top marks for gender equality, but thumbs down for poverty & hunger

A new Afrobarometer Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Scorecard shows that Namibia is achieving gender equality in employment.

The Afrobarometer SDG Scorecard, which provides citizens’ assessments of Namibia’s progress over a recent five-year period on important aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, also reveals that the country is doing better on climate action and reducing ethnic inequalities.

But Namibia is experiencing worsening poverty, hunger, access to clean water, unemployment, economic inequalities, and challenges related to access to health care. Payment of bribes for public services has remained stagnant, trust in state institutions has worsened, and there has been mixed progress on perceived corruption among institutions.

The newly developed Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards highlight citizens’ experiences and evaluations of their country’s performance on democracy and governance, poverty, health, education, energy supply, water and sanitation, inequality, gender equity, and other priorities reflected in 12 of the 17 SDGs. These citizen assessments can be compared to official UN tracking indicators. They present both summary assessments for each SDG – via blue, green, yellow, and red “stoplights” – as well as the data behind these assessments.

Afrobarometer, an independent pan-African survey research network, released scorecards for Namibia and six other Southern African countries as part of a series of regional webinars focusing on progress toward the SDGs in Africa in 2021.

Speaking at the webinar, Dominique Dryding, Afrobarometer project manager for Southern Africa, said the Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards provide an additional perspective – one that is usually missing from other sources – that can be compared and contrasted with other indicators and thus enrich the discussion, help identify gaps, and support action to move forward in each country.

“The Afrobarometer SDG scorecards can be used as a complement to existing SDG trackers, by providing the people’s assessment of progress toward achieving the SDGs,” she said.

All scorecards can be accessed on the Afrobarometer website’s SDG Scorecards page.