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NAMIBIA: Churches and other NGOs to use BIG for drought relief

Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected. Several groups have decided to use the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as a model for distributing relief aid. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) initiated the effort, which will give a short-term monthly grant of N$100 to 4 000 drought affected people. The cash will be

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BIG projects initiated to fight drought in Namibia

Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in decades and the President has declared a state of emergency. By now nearly 800,000 people are affected and in urgent need of support. At the initiation of Bishop Kameeta, of the Lutheran Churches in Namibia, has organized several groups to focus their main response on paying a cash grant to four communities across

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WINDHOEK, Namibia, “Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options,” September 26, 2013.

Karl Widerquist will discuss the basic income guarantee as a way to provide a more effective social safety net in Namibia at a conference in Windhoek on September 26, 2013. He will discuss the experience in Alaska with its dividend program as well as pilot projects in Namibia, Indian, Uganda, and other places. The conference is hosted by the Namibian

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NAMIBIA: BIG Advocate says pilot project less likely to be restarted but hopeful that the government will introduce BIG after the next election

According to AllAfrica.com, Uhuru Dempers, a supporter of the Basic Income Grant (BIG) pilot project in Otjivero, Namibia said that the BIG Coalition of Namibia is unlikely to be able to continue the project any longer. The coalition maintained a BIG in this small town for nearly two years and had hoped to keep it going until the government took

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Verona, Italy: Images of a Concrete Utopia: photo exhibition, April 4-29, 2013

A photo exhibition on Namibia’s basic income experiment has been going on at the Library Frinzi in Verona from April 4th to 29th. On kick-off day, April 4th, there was a brief introduction of both the exhibition and Namibia’s basic income project. The experimentation undertaken in Namibia by BIGNAM (Basic Income Grant-Namibia) aims at granting every man and women a

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Opinion: A report on the BIEN Congress 2012, Munich, 14th to 16th September

BIEN now stands for ‘Basic Income Earth Network’. Once every two years BIEN holds a congress, and this year’s showed just how appropriate the name now is and how inappropriate it would be to still call it the ‘Basic Income European Network’. There were participants from South Africa, Namibia, India, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and

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NAMIBIA: United Nations special rapporteur calls for implementation of BIG

According to the Namibian, Magdalena Sepulveda, the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has called on the Namibian government “to put aside prejudices against the poor and implement the Basic Income Grant (BIG) as soon as possible.” A rapporteur is “a person appointed by an organization to report on the proceedings of its meetings.” The

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