The Capstone team, working for the office of the President of the Republic of Namibia, explored how Namibia can become the “Gateway to Southern Africa” by turning itself into a world-class administrative and logistics center. In 2016, President Dr. Hage G. Geingob released the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) which outlined key priorities in effective governance, economic advancement, social progression, infrastructure development, and international cooperation. Namibia’s recent economic performance can be accredited largely to its natural resource wealth, particularly in the fisheries and mining sectors. However, limited water resources, high unemployment, and health issues remain as potential obstacles in implementing the HPP and fulfilling the President’s visionary plans for the country.
The purpose of this project is to recommend key steps that Namibia can take to maximize its use of existing resources and to develop critical assets to achieve its goal. The key areas included governance and legal reforms, tourism and foreign direct investment for economic diversification, education for human capital development, and international relations.
The team used comparative analysis to see how other countries have achieved similar objectives. They also conducted an in-country assessment to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the issues by conducting interviews with various stakeholders including, government officials, civil society members, and citizens. They concluded their project by providing recommendations aimed at realizing the goals set out in the HPP and thereby, positioning Namibia as the Gateway to Southern Africa. These recommendations included the need for the Namibia to update its legal frameworks, diversify its economy, empower the youth, and adopt a more focused and strategic approach in its foreign relations.