The rest of the world can learn from Namibia, says Joseph Stiglitz

Koos Mthimkhulu inspects his crop at his farm in Senekal, about 287km (178 miles) in the Eastern Free State, in this February 29, 2012 file photo. South Africa's plans to undo the wrongs of apartheid by returning land seized from native blacks is embodied in the life of Mthimkhulu. He was born on a white-owned farm in 1955 and attended a school set up by white farmers to give him only enough education for a life as field hand. A short childhood gave way to decades of milking cows, driving tractors and plowing fields for poverty-level wages. When white-minority apartheid rule ended in 1994, the new democratic government made it a top priority to return land to those who were dispossessed, placing the idea in the country's new constitution.

Farmer in Africa inspects his crop. Image: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Anya Schiffrin
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