This State of Land Information (SOLI) report is an analysis of the current state of land data in Namibia, assessing the availability of land information and the compliance of this information with open data standards.
The aim of this report is to serve as a diagnostic for the land information ecosystem in Namibia and enable targeted interventions for improved information management at a later stage. The first section describes Namibia’s legal framework for data governance and examines Namibia’s international and national commitments to access to information, as well as the instruments for data and information governance. This section provides a summary of Namibia’s legal framework for opening up information. Good data governance ensures transparency about the purpose for which information is collected, stored and disseminated.
The second section, “Availability of Land Data and Information” examines the available land data and information in Namibia provided by the government organisations responsible for land administration. This overview is organised according to six key land data categories (Table 1). The third section evaluates the “openness” of this information, by assessing it against 10 criteria for open data, as used by international best practice (Table 2).
Authors and Publishers
- Project Lead: Charl-Thom Bayer, Land Portal
- Researcher: Menare Royal Mabakeng, Namibia University of Science and Technology
- Open Data Assessment: Keitha Booth, Open Data Consultant, New Zealand
- Edited by: Lilian Lee, Land Portal
The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.
The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.