Namibia: "Eye-Opening" Anti-Corruption Trainings Reach 900 Concerned Community Volunteers

The absence of competitive opposition political parties and the dominance of state-run media have led to a political culture of patronage and corruption in Namibia. Freedom House educated over 900 concerned community volunteers from 2011-2012 to identify and report corruption. Numerous beneficiaries referred to the instruction as "eye-opening," with one member of the Ondangwa Community Forum stating, “We are now aware of our rights. We are aware of what corruption is, where it happens, and how it affects development. We are aware of how we can deal with corruption in our communities.” Freedom House also supported the Institute for Public Policy Research to produce papers on anti-corruption policy, which recommended reforms that are now under consideration by policy making bodies.

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