UN says high levels of inequality still persists in Namibia

Although Namibia has achieved one of the fastest cuts in poverty rates on the continent, the country still faces some of the highest levels of inequality in Africa and globally, according to a United Nations official.

Kiki Gbeho, UN resident coordinator and UNDP representative in Namibia, made the remarks here on Thursday at the launch of Global Human Development Report 2016.

According to Gbeho, Namibia is considered a medium human development country with a Human Development Index (HDI) value of 0.640, ranking 125 out of 188 countries.

“However, when this value is discounted for inequality there ia a loss of 35 percent in its HDI, and Namibia falls to the low human development category,” she said.

The report is the latest in a series of UNDP flagship publications issued since 1990. The theme of this year’s report, “Human Development for Everyone,” stressed the importance of “people as the real wealth of the nations.”

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