The Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) is a vibrant Namibian based research and education institute committed to the overall political and economic independence of all working people in Namibia and beyond. The institute fights for a fair, just social and economic Namibian society through labour research,education, and lobbying and advocacy. The institute believes that the nature and scope of labour research is informed by the struggles and experiences of the working people and consequently shaped by their values, principles and their world view. It is no doubt that labour is the primary source of value but many workers continue to be exploited and undervalued. LaRRI was therefore established in 1998 to seek answers to the existing economic and social order with a view to provide alternative developmental agenda in favour of the working class.
The institutecarries out research and education aimed particularly at empowering workers and their trade unions. LaRRI’s vision is ‘to build a society based on social justice and equality with a strong and vibrant labour movement that is democratic, accountable to its members, and capable of promoting and defending the rights and interests of working people’. Our mission is: ‘to empower workers and their trade unions to influence policy-making in favour of the poor’. The institute therefore promotes critical thinking and debate from a pro-labour perspective.
In pursuance of this vision and mission, LaRRI has set up goals aiming at assisting the Namibian labour movement in building its capacity by means of collecting, updating and releasing information in an accessible form, establishing and maintaining a database on the Namibian economy and wage developments and designing and undertaking education programmes for trade unions. The organisation also has the mandate to assist the labour movement to develop comprehensive policy proposals, providing a platform for discussions on labour and socio-economic issues and provide a resource centre covering a range of socio-economic and political issues for trade unions, NGOs, community-based organisations, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.