The BIG campaign in Namibia - a basic income for everyone?

Lukas Schlögl was invited to comment on the proposal of a basic income in Namibia. The event was organised by SADOCC Dokumentations- und Kooperationszentrum Südliches Afrika on 21th January 2021.


For the past 30 years, far too many Namibians have been living under inhumane and degrading conditions. They have been struggling to meet their basic human needs without a decent income, decent roofs over their heads, clean water and sanitation. The situation is worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Namibia continues to be among the countries in the world with acute poverty and extreme differences between the rich and poor without genuine efforts being made to tackle the problem. That is why the Basic Income Grant (BIG) Coalition of Namibia deemed it crucial for a Universal BIG to be implemented in Namibia. The presentation will be on the BIG Coalition’s struggle over the years for the implementation of BIG and why it deems it crucial for BIG to be urgently implemented. 

Rinaani Musutua is an Economic and Social Justice Trust’s community activist who has over the years worked in the charitable sector. Lukas Schlögl, political scientist at the University of Vienna, will give a short comment on the Austrian perspective of the topic.

The event organised by SADOCC Dokumentations- und Kooperationszentrum Südliches Afrika is available online here, Lukas' commentary starts at 01h:07m.