Hifikepunye Pohamba

Map of Namibia
2014
Ibrahim Laureate
2005
2015
Presidential term
+4.1
Overall governance during term
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From 2005 to 2014, Namibia’s overall governance score improved by +4.1 points, driven by gains in all four dimensions; Safety & Rule of Law (+1.3), Participation & Human Rights (+3.8), Sustainable Economic Opportunity (+5.8) and Human Development (+5.6).

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Citation & Achievements

“President Pohamba was awarded the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for his role in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and economic development. President Pohamba’s focus in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and social and economic development impressed the Prize Committee.”

“Pohamba paid particular emphasis on issues of gender equality, which led to the notable achievement that 48% of Namibia’s parliamentarians are female.”

“Under his presidency, high literacy has been augmented by primary school enrolment of almost 100% due to the abolition of school fees.”

“Pohamba’s focus on health investment resulted in over 80% of people living with HIV receiving anti-retroviral therapy and HIV infections falling by an estimated 36% between 2005 and 2013 and mother-to-child transmission rates now below 4%.”

Life after National Office

President Pohamba dedicates much of his time to the Hifikipunye Pohamba Foundation.

He is a member of the Africa Forum and one of the Champions for a HIV- free Generation, an initiative launched by President Festus Mogae.