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Henning Melber

Henning Melber

last contributed to D+C/E+Z in summer of 2022 as director emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala, Sweden, and an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. He is a member of South West African Organisation (SWAPO), having joined it in 1974.  

All articles of Henning Melber

Germany and Namibia

Hurdles on reconciliation between Germany and the Ovaherero

Germany and Namibia are struggling to redress crimes of the colonial era

State building

How to make African statehood more successful

Citizenship and social protection are mutually reinforcing

Social stratification

Myths of middle class dynamism

Africa does not have a homogenous, progressive and fast growing middle class

Land ownership

How the first redistribution attempt failed

The policy proposed by Namibia’s first National Land Reform Conference in the early 1990s never took off

Land restitution

Righting a wrong

To make amends for colonial-era crimes, Germany should fund Namibian land restitution

South Africa

ANC gets away with minor dents

The ANC remains the strongest party in the parliamentary elections in South Africa, but must now deliver results

Southern Africa

New brooms sweeping clean?

Political upheaval is taking place from the Congo to South Africa


Stopping a dynasty does not mean democracy

The Mugabe era is over, but “Mugabeism” is likely to live on

Colonial legacy

No land in sight

Despite independence since 1990, land ownership remains unfairly distributed in Namibia


Nostalgia and empty promises

Populism is common in Southern Africa, where former liberation movements have become dominant political parties

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