The primary objective of this study was to assess Namibia’s prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend and to identify priority options for maximising the dividend. Demographic change has implications for the realisation of these ambitions. This report, therefore, outlines the key policy recommendations on how Namibia can harness the potential of her youthful population to achieve socio-economic development. The Demographic Dividend paradigm offers a framework that is congruent with the needs of Namibia’s long-term development aspirations as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The study concludes that Namibia is already deep within the window period to harness its first demographic dividend. Therefore, there is urgent need for the Government and all other stakeholders in Namibia’s socio-economic development journey to act with urgency and implement game-changer interventions that will enable the country to take full advantage of the demographic dividend to achieve its long-term development aspirations to become a prosperous and industrialised country, developed by her human resources and enjoying peace, harmony and political stability.
This is an abridged version of the full study report.