Namib desert


Namibia is a country on the south-west coast of Africa. It is one of the driest and most sparsely populated countries on earth. The Namib Desert in the west and the Kalahari Desert in the east are separated by the Central Plateau. 

Key facts

  • Region: Africa
  • Population: 2.5 million (2018) 
  • Area: 824,000 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Windhoek 
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1990, after independence from South Africa 
  • Commonwealth Youth Index: 43 out of 49 countries 

Secretariat support for Namibia 


The Secretariat is working with the Namibian government on the sustainable development of mineral resources like petrol, uranium and diamonds.


Namibia does well in corruption indexes. But the Secretariat is helping improve the way public organisations award contracts and buy things. 


The Secretariat gives start-up money to the Namibia Youth Credit Scheme, which supports businesses and creates jobs. 

The Secretariat also created a Diploma in Youth Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Development. 

Gender equality 

The Secretariat is helping the government budget to support gender equality.


The Secretariat will help Namibia on cybercrime law and policy, in support of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration. 

Blue Charter

Namibia is a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance – the Blue Charter Action Group on tackling marine plastic pollution.

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