Namibia: Industrialisation and Women’s Liberation

Published on allAfrica, by Marxist Group, Windhoek, March 27, 2015;

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has established new ministries, among them the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, as well as the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.

This is evidently in line with Vision 2030 objectives that envisage an advanced level of industrial growth in terms of wide-scale manufacturing, technological improvements and, in general, productive activities … //

… In any case, Namibia ought to take a more critical stance towards the whole notion of industrialisation. Industrial progress mainly benefits the elite 1% of the population who appropriate the wealth. Jobs for not more than 25% of the working class usually get generated in the process of industrialisation, but even this job-creation is not on a permanent basis.

So, this approach does not solve the unemployment crisis.

The country should rather deliberate on a form of expansion that would advance the entire working class – instead of benefiting only the minority. In the short to medium term, the country would actually gain more from a mass literacy programme, a (decent) basic income grant and innovative job creation strategies. We should focus primarily on women’s liberation – in particular a mass literacy programme for women.

The case of the Indian state of Kerala is extremely instructive with regards to the impressive literacy measures for its women … //

… However, in terms of poverty eradication, it would be an affront to the Namibian working class to give them a grant of a mere N$100 or, for that matter, a monthly pension of only N$1 200. A basic income grant of N$12 500 could initially only be allocated to working class women.

In struggling for economic self-sufficiency, the people of Kerala formed cooperatives.

Namibian working class women should similarly be given a chance to set up cooperatives for small-scale food production, clothing manufacturing, brick making, solar panel production, health care, farming, etc.

Namibia ought to implement development strategies that are ecologically-friendly and sustainable – as well as economically self-reliant.

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