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Title:An investigation into the information needs for poverty eradication at Greenwell Matongo in Katutura, Windhoek, in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Author:Mchombu, Kingo
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:information literacy
poverty reduction
Abstract:In 2008, focus group discussions were conducted with groups of young females, young males, and adults from Greenwell Matongo community, which is part of Katutura Township in the City of Windhoek, Namibia, to study their information needs for poverty eradication in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The participants signalled their concerns over high poverty levels, hunger, poor hygiene and sanitation, ineffective education, troubled gender relations marked by alcohol related violence and rape, high levels of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis infection, fear of stigma, and a range of environmental problems. The community information centre in the settlement is used intensively by young people for educational purposes, but only marginally by adults for photocopying and literacy purposes. Overall, young people had a higher awareness of information needs and channels. Adults lagged much behind due to illiteracy, powerlessness and language problems. The author makes a number of recommendations to address the identified information needs of the community and capacity building in the context of MDG and poverty eradication. One of the recommendations was to provide information literacy skills in the adult literacy programme. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]