CSSR researchers Isaac Chinyoka, Nicoli Nattrass, Hangala Siachiwena and Jeremy Seekings, together with Research Associate Dirk Haarmann, attended the first Namibia Social Protection Conference in Windhoek in July. Speakers at the conference included Bishop Z Kameeta, the newly-appointed Minister of Poverty Eradication, and N. Iyambo, the Vice-President of Namibia. Bishop Kameeta gave a strong speech advocating the introduction of a 'basic income grant' in Namibia. Jeremy Seekings spoke on the politics of social protection in Africa. Isaac and Hangala stayed on in Windhoek after the conference to conduct preliminary fieldwork for their respective doctorates.