26 September 2016
With the new
era of Sustainable Development Goals and our Harambee Prosperity Plan, Namibia
needs to embark on a new and innovative way of measuring progress in Namibia. A
well-being economy looks at a holistic way to measure progress than our current
measurement which is through the Gross Domestic Product.
The For Progress Namibia Project has been
working on developing indicators to measure well-being since 2012. We recently
had a community meeting at Councillor Sheehama's office to discuss the results
of the indicators in this community as well as key priority actions to take to
improve these results for the community.
has been a result of a few years of engagement and community ownership to
improve quality of life and unity within Katutura East. The aim of this
engagement is two-fold (1) create a bottom-up approach to improve well-being
within communities (Katutura East being the first pilot), and (2) evolve the
data collection and indicators so that this approach can be used nationally and
inform decision-making and development planning.
This work was
built on a recent publication entitled 'Citizen
wellbeing and GDP: Towards more appropriate measures of Namibia's success and
' which was published at the beginning of 2016 in the Journal of
Social Change. These results were taken back to the community of Shandumbala in
Katutura in April 2016 where an action plan was then created to improve
At the end of
August, Councillor Sheehama had advocated to involve the whole of Katutura
East, and during this meeting three key priorities were chosen for the
community to improve, namely: (a) community trust, (b) education, and (c)
safety within the community. Community committees were set up to further
develop activities to improve these three priority areas within the community.
information on this ongoing work, please visit http://www.progress-namibia.com/page/for-progress...