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Total population (millions)2.0
Life expectancy at birth (years)48.3
GDP per capita (PPP US$)6,180
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)85.0
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)71

Namibia shares its land borders with South Africa, Botswana and Angola. Namibia's economy is dominated by South Africa; over 80% of its trade is with, or via, South Africa. Namibia is a country with wide social and economic disparities. The legacy of apartheid is reflected in service provision and income distribution. The richest (largely white) 5% of the population account for over 72% of GDP. The black population have severely restricted access to education and health services. The government is seeking to address this challenge as well as high rates of unemployment.

The main industries in Namibia are mining, agriculture and fisheries. The government is looking to diversify its economic base to benefit from the tourist sector. The government is also seeking to encourage foreign investment.

Namibia like most other African nations is severely challenged by the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Namibia at 125, with a medium human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.627 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER works in Namibia with: SIM International.

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These are our current projects in NAMIBIA:

Mobile Dental Clinic

SIM International is working closely with the Ministry of Health in Namibia to providing mobile dental clinics to improve access to dental care for rural communities.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)