Papers of the United Nations Institute for Namibia

Scope and Content

Proposals, reports and press-cuttings relating to the establishment and operation of the Institute, 1974-77.

Includes: UN report on the Institute, December 1976; report of the 'Workshop on the Curriculum', January 1977; report on the Institute's research activities, March 1977; historical background information and press-cuttings, 1975-77.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Nations Council for Namibia adopted a propasal by Sean MacBride for a research and training institute for Namibians in September 1974. The Institute was established to help Namibians prepare for the administration of their country post-independence and was to be the predecessor body of the University of Namibia. The government of Zambia agreed to provide a building and the Institute for Namibia opened in Lusaka in 1976. The Institute drew its staff from various African countries, including Namibia. It ceased its operations on 30 September 1990, at which point the UN Council for Namibia was also disbanded (UN resolution 44/243).

Christian M. Rogerson, 'A future 'University of Namibia'?: the role of the United Nations Institute for Namibia', The Journal of Modern African Studies, 18:4 (1980), pp. 675-683.

Conditions Governing Access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998

Other Finding Aids

Anne Akeroyd and Colin Lunt (eds), A Guide to the Southern African Archives in the University of York, (York, 1979).

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Dr Charles Fonge, September 2010.

Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute, University of York's terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.


Further accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Archives of the UN Institute for Namibia are also held by the University of Namibia.

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