Frederico Links
Frederico Links is a Namibian journalist, editor, researcher, trainer and activist. Research associate of Namibia’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He is primarily concerned with democracy and governance, particularly corruption and maladministration. He is chairperson of the Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition of civil society, media and social activists.
Swapo – Namibia’s sinking ship  

Swapo – Namibia’s sinking ship  

Mired in electoral setbacks and corruption scandals, Namibia’s liberation movement is quickly losing ground.  

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How governments are ‘weaponising’ surveillance

How governments are ‘weaponising’ surveillance

Surveillance technology: used and abused African states have been deploying surveillance capabilities to spy on and intimidate youth movements and activists On 20 August, 2016, a group of mostly young social media activists gathered at a property in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, to discuss national political affairs. The political climate was tense in the central […]

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Namibia: justice delayed

Namibia: justice delayed

In September 2015 the Namibian High Court, in the country’s capital Windhoek, found Geoffrey Mwilima, a former opposition parliamentarian, and 29 others guilty in the so-called Caprivi treason trial. The court convicted the accused of a range of offences, including high treason, murder and attempted murder. However, another 35 people were acquitted. The legal drama […]

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Namibia: the new nationalism

Namibia: the new nationalism

Since taking office on March 21 last year, President Hage Geingob’s administration has cast itself as business-friendly and welcoming of foreign investors. Yet developments since the last quarter of 2015 suggest its policies are damaging Namibia’s attractiveness as an investment destination. The country faces several longstanding challenges, among them pervasive poverty, rampant unemployment (more than […]

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History repeats itself

History repeats itself

Namibia: apartheid-era tactics By Frederico Links In April 2018, Namibia’s Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) attempted to block the publication of a report by the weekly The Patriot newspaper alleging widespread misuse of state assets and resources by the spy agency’s bosses. Strikingly, the NCIS cited the apartheid-era Protection of Information Act of 1982, which allows state security agencies […]

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Lessons for Africa

Namibia: ethnicity and politics In the context of deep ethnic divisions and conflicts on the African continent perhaps Namibia is getting some important things right When Hage Geingob was declared the ruling South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) Party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 election, some commentators cautiously suggested that Namibia had moved into a […]

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Frederico Links
Frederico Links is a Namibian journalist, editor, researcher, trainer and activist. Research associate of Namibia’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He is primarily concerned with democracy and governance, particularly corruption and maladministration. He is chairperson of the Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition of civil society, media and social activists.
Namibia’s data gaps fuel policy blindness

Namibia’s data gaps fuel policy blindness

The fact that Namibia will not be conducting a census in 2022 – which would have collected data on more than 80 indicators for everything from population size, location and migration, to housing, health and education demographics – exacerbates perennial concerns about the usefulness and credibility of official data.

Namibia: justice delayed

Namibia: justice delayed

In September 2015 the Namibian High Court, in the country’s capital Windhoek, found Geoffrey Mwilima, a former opposition parliamentarian, and 29 others guilty in the so-called Caprivi treason trial. The court convicted the accused of a range of offences, including...

Namibia: the new nationalism

Namibia: the new nationalism

Since taking office on March 21 last year, President Hage Geingob’s administration has cast itself as business-friendly and welcoming of foreign investors. Yet developments since the last quarter of 2015 suggest its policies are damaging Namibia’s attractiveness as an...

History repeats itself

History repeats itself

Namibia: apartheid-era tactics By Frederico Links In April 2018, Namibia’s Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) attempted to block the publication of a report by the weekly The Patriot newspaper alleging widespread misuse of state assets and resources by the spy...

Lessons for Africa

Namibia: ethnicity and politics In the context of deep ethnic divisions and conflicts on the African continent perhaps Namibia is getting some important things right When Hage Geingob was declared the ruling South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) Party’s...