Windhoek-Namibia’s poverty levels have drastically increased in the past few years because of low-income levels, unemployment as well as income inequality resulting in about 43.3 percent of the population being classified as living in dimensional poverty.
Namibian national planning commissioner, Obeth Kandjoze concurred that the poverty situation among the poor and disadvantaged populations has drastically increased despite the government implementing corrective measures.
Chief among the reasons for increased poverty levels in Namibia Kandjoze said has been the failure to fully implement developmental projects emanating from either lack of funds or the recent pandemic that stalled most sectors.
”The incidence of multidimensional poverty in Namibia is 43.3 percent. This is the proportion of people who are deprived in at least k=30 percent of the weighted indicators. The intensity of multidimensional poverty is 44.0 percent, which means that on average, those who are multi-dimensionally poor are deprived of about 44.0 percent of the weighted population,” he said.
Kandjoze said while the Namibian Government has a well laid out plan on combating the spread of poverty covid 19 has dented the availability of resources both financially and socially in dealing with poverty as a problem.
“Poverty in Namibia is still a realistic challenge among the rural population and the country has an ongoing discussion on dealing with food security and availing of educational opportunities,” he said.
Kandjoze said about 43.3 percent of the population are multi-dimensionally poor with no means to provide the basics including sanitation, power, and food for themselves.
According to Kandjoze Namibia has a challenge with the provision of food to the poorest of the poor.
The Namibian National planning Commissioner said the poverty levels in Namibia are stuck between the rural and urban population and calls for a paradigm shift in dealing with the challenge in future.