22 May 2017
Some of the work from our
project 'For Progress Namibia' has been published in the leading popular
academic journal Solutions
. With the upcoming meeting of the
Wellbeing Economy Africa Lab taking place next in Nairobi, which we will be
attending to discuss radical economic transformation, we thought it prudent to
share the article with you.
The current world view is that economic growth is synonymous with human
wellbeing and prosperity. This growth is measured using Gross Domestic Product
(GDP). And for many years, the world has been following this path without
questioning it. But this path, in fact, has led to some significant challenges.
In the past 100 years or so, humanity has become more and more divided from the
ecological, social and spiritual spheres that are needed for survival,
creativity and happiness. This separation from ecology is causing life support
systems to be destroyed. In fact, the development paradigm is driving core
planetary boundaries (the safe operating space for humanity to exist) into a
new state, one that is not conducive to human life or development. Enormous
challenges are arising, including water scarcity, food scarcity, soil losses
and air pollution, among many others. These problems will only be further
exacerbated by climate change. In Namibia populations experiences water crisis
in the capital city of Windhoek; drought, and flooding, all within a few months
of one another.
The social system is corroded. Global inequality has reached extremes, to the
extent that one percent of the global human population has more wealth than the
rest of the world combined. Wars, gender violence, human slavery, and social
disruptions and disconnections are all a product of the current value system.
Namibia is no different, with 10 percent owning more than half the country's
wealth, and social issues like gender violence reaching extreme highs.
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Image Credit: Le Roux van Schalkwyk, Shandumbala community meeting, 2016