Namibia Awaits Feedback on Status, New Era

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article is about Namibia?s application to the United Nations to be classified as a Least Developed Country in order to access certain aid and assistance that accrue to such a classification.

This article may be used to:
1. Demonstrate how coverage of policy issues can be strengthened by access those most affected.
2. Prompt discussions about the gender aspects of poverty.
Trainer’s Notes: HIV/AIDS is prominently identified as a barrier to development, but given the large role this plays in economic security, coud; have been explored further. The article is gender blind and it does not provide gender disaggregated statistics and deal with the impact of poverty on women and men. The article discusses the Triple Threat, HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and loss of capacity at national, community and household levels. The sources used are exclusively male and official.
Discussion Questions
1. Trainees should be asked to consider how they would access the voices of those who are most affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS, namely poor women, and what ethical issues may arise in interviewing these sources. 
2. What are the gender aspects of poverty ?
Training Exercises:
1. Trainees should examine the article and make a list of al the gender issues that emerge from it.  They should also identify other sources who could comment on those issues.  The article should be rewritten to include these aspects.
2. The trainees could also be asked to examine HIV prevalence in Namibia and the costs of HIV prevention, support and treatment.  Data that is provided should be gender disaggregated.
Links to Training Resources:  Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 8, 

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