Poor and Rich
Namibia is two and a half times the size of Germany but has a population in the region of just two million. This makes it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. As a result, the domestic market is small while the costs for providing infrastructure such as roads, schools and health centres to remote areas are high. Namibian society is divided between a small, wealthy elite and a large, predominantly black majority living in poverty. In hardly any other country is the gap between rich and poor as pronounced as it is here. At the same time, Namibian society is stable and democratic - important preconditions for sustainable development. As a former German colony, Namibia also receives the most support per capita through development cooperation of all of Germany's partner countries.