Rights in Exile Programme

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Namibia - COI

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Dr John Friedman

Email: j [dot] friedmanatroac [dot] nl

Dr. Friedman is Associate Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Development at Utrecht University’s Roosevelt Academy in The Netherlands. His field of expertise is in Namibian politics and the state, incorporating such issues as history, government, development, indigenous rights, democratization, traditional leadership, and customary law. In addition, Dr. Friedman has conducted research on one of southern Africa's biggest (and most controversial) proposed dams, the Lower Kunene River Hydroeclectric Project, as well as on various issues relating to youth development. He has been working and researching in Namibia since the early 1990s. Amongst his publications are Imagining the Post-Apartheid State: An Ethnographic Account of Namibia (2011); ‘Context and Contestation in the Development Process: Lessons from Kaokoland (Namibia)’ (2009); ‘Making Politics, Making History: Chiefship and the Post-Apartheid State in Namibia’ (2005); and ‘Mapping the Epupa Debate: Discourse and Representation in a Namibian Development Project’ (2000).

Dr Mattia Fumanti

Email: Mf610atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Mattia Fumanti teaches social anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK, in the department of social anthropology. Since 1999, Mattia Fumanti has conducted extensive field research in Namibia on political, cultural and economic transformations in a post-apartheid society. He has published widely on gender, youth, ethnicity, education, elites and urban transformations. He is currently working on a project on youthful aspirations in urban Namibia in a time of global economic crisis.

Dr Henning Melber

Email: Henning [dot] Melberatnai [dot] uu [dot] se

Henning Melber, Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, has had extensive experience in Namibia. He has published widely on Southern Africa and Namibia and is co-editor of the “Africa Yearbook” published since 2005. Other recent publications include (as editor and contributor): Re-examining liberation in Namibia. Political culture since Independence. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute 2003; Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa. The unfinished business of democratic consolidation. Cape Town: HSRC Press 2003; Genozid und Gedenken. Namibisch-deutsche Geschichte und Gegenwart. Frankfurt: Brandes & Apsel 2005; Legacies of Power. Leadership Change and Former Presidents in African Politics. Cape Town: HSRC Press and Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute 2006; G8 Macht Politik. Wie die Welt beherrscht wird. Frankfurt/Main: Brandes & Apsel 2007; Transitions in Namibia. Which changes for whom? Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute 2007.

Professor Ian Taylor

Email: ictatst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Ian Taylor is a Professor in International Relations and African Politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has worked for institutions such as the UNHCR, and has published extensively on Namibia - both academically and for consultancy reports. His work includes themes such as politics, democracy, development, conflict and sustainability.