A country with the second lowest population density in the world, Namibia is a vast country, with a population of approximately 2.6 million people. Only seven percent of the population is age 60 and older but this will increase to approximately 12 percent by 2050. Almost three quarters of all older persons are living in a rural area.

The Namibian team is led by Dr. Janet Ananais from the Department of Social Development at the Unviersity of Namibia. There will be ten researchers on the team in Namibia. They will be working in  five research sites, around Windhoek (capital city), Gobabis, (a town 200 km on the East) and Oshakati (a town, 750km northern Namibia). 

Namibian SAMPLE

The family caregiving programme sample update PG1 - Namibia Overview, April 2024

For more recent publications about family care of older persons in Namibia see …

  • Ananias, Janet; Moore, Elena (2024). Older Persons and Community Care in Namibia. University of Cape Town. Report. 
  • Ananias, J., & Keating, N. (2023). Experiences of family carers of older people in marginalised communities in Namibia. International Journal of Care and Caring7(2), 307-325.
  • Zamuee, C. 2022. An exploration of the care needs of frail older persons in Namibia: perspectives and experiences of formal and informal caregivers. Faculty of Humanities, Department of Social Development.
  • Nord, C., & Ananias, J. (2022). Urbanised Ageing and Strategic Welfare Space in a Namibian Former Township. African Studies81(1), 45-69. 
  • Indongo, N. and Sakaria, N. (2016) ‘Living arrangements and conditions of older persons in Namibia’, Advances in Aging Research, 5(05): 97-109.
  • Leonard, E., Ananias, J. and Sharley, V. (2022) ‘It takes a village to raise a child: Everyday experiences of living with extended family in Namibia’, Journal of the British Academy, 10(s2): 239–261.

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