When Namibia gained independence in 1990, teenager Pascolena Florry was herding goats in the country's dry, desolate northern savannah. Her job, unpaid and dangerous, was to protect her parents' livestock from preying jackals and leopards. She saw wildlife as the enemy, and many of the other indigenous inhabitants of Namibia's rural communal lands shared her view. Wildlife poaching was commonplace. Fifteen years later, 31-year-old Pascolena's life and outlook are very different. She has built a previously undreamed-of career in tourism and is the first black Namibian to be appointed manager of a guest lodge. Her village, and hundreds of others, have directly benefited from government efforts to devolve.
Pascolena Florry, who used to work to prevent livestock from being harmed by jackals and leopards at her early age, now has a previously undreamed-of career in the tourism industry working as a manager of a guest lodge, and this change in career proved to be beneficial and resulted directly from the government’s effort to devolve. (56 words)