The Namibian Basic Income Grant Pilot

  • Claudia Haarmann
  • Dirk Haarmann
  • Nicoli Nattrass
Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)


Haarmann, Haarmann and Nattrass describe the context, origin and development of the world’s first Basic Income pilot, located in Otjivero, Namibia. They discuss the evidence gathered and criticisms of the pilot and its assessment. They show that the Basic Income had an immediate impact on poverty, and particularly on child malnutrition, and that it fostered new small scale local economic activity. They suggest that the assumption that poor people are incapable of using a cash grant developmentally, and that the political elite is reluctant to adopt a social policy that would constitute a right, have resulted in a nationwide Basic Income not being implemented. Factual evidence will never be sufficient on its own. Only political will would enable a Basic Income to be implemented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Haarmann
    • 1
  • Dirk Haarmann
    • 1
  • Nicoli Nattrass
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Economics, University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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