Angola

Key Facts

Capital: Luanda
Population: 18,056,072 (July 2012 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico 2%, European 1%, other 22%
Religion: indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%
Age Structure:0-14 years: 43.2%; 15-64 years: 54.1%; over 65 years: 2.7%
GDP/GDP Growth Rate: $115.9 billion/3.7%
Health Expenditure: 4.6% of GDP
Maternal Mortality: 610 deaths/100,000 live births
Education Expenditure: 2.6% of GDP
Unemployment: N/A
Military Expenditure: 3.6% of GDP
Mobile Phones: 8.909 million
Internet Users: 606,700

 

Who’s Reporting

Luis Jimbo

Luis Jimbo is currently executive director of the Institute for Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED) in Luanda, Angola, through which he promotes youth involvement in constitutional reform and Angola’s democracy.  He was born in the province of Huila, southern Angola, during his parent’s journey to the south following the outbreak of the Angolan civil war in 1975. He completed his primary education in the province of Namibe where, at the age of 13, he also took his first volunteer job with the National Radio of Angola. In 1992, during the period of political reform and liberalization that followed the cessation of violence, Luis was one of the pioneering members of Angolan civil society when he became a member of the ‘Clube de Amigos Persitentes Dez (CAP 10)’- the first association registered with the Government Department of Youth in his town in Namibe. In 1998, following the failure of the Lusaka Peace Accords, Luis became a founding member of a network of youth organizations called the “Jovens Fazedores da Paz”. In 2002, following the signing of the Luena Protocol which ended the Angolan Civil War, Luis moved to Luanda where he studied law at the Universidade Agostinho Neto, and where he worked for the international NGO, Search for Common Ground. Luis is also an elections observer.