Socio-Economic Overviews

Lesotho’s Long Journey - Hard Choices at the Crossroads: This report is one of several analytic studies by the Company looking at national trends.  It was commissioned by the Irish Government and provides a comprehensive overview of Lesotho’s historical, social, economic and political development with a view to the future.


Poverty Mapping Exercises in Lesotho in 1991, 1994 and 2000 respectively, were supported by the European Union and the World Bank, and have been used widely by NGOs as well as government and international agencies to determine priority regions within Lesotho for development efforts..  The reports analyse poverty indicators in five general categories: economic condition (including income, expenditure and possessions), water supply, traditional wealth (including livestock and fields), fuel and energy use, and education (including infrastructure, classroom conditions, and the effect of education). Maps were created showing the distribution across constituencies and geographical regions of households which fall below basic poverty lines for each of the indicators. People’s own perspectives on poverty were also analysed.


Finalisation of the Lesotho Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2001-2004). The Lesotho PRSP evolved over a three year period (2001 to 2004).  From the very beginning Sechaba Consultants were involved in assisting the PRSP Unit (under the Ministry of Development Planning) to determine the suitability of existing poverty data and through participation in the Technical Working Group (TWG) that was established to guide the process. In 2002, Sechaba assisted the PRSP Unit to process the mass of data that was generated during the public consultations and to translate this into an accessible report.  Most significantly, when the process came to a virtual standstill, Sechaba was called in: (a) as a facilitator to Government departments reach consensus on the PRSP priorities; (b) to find a way to determine indicatives costs the PRS activities and (c) to write and edit the final consolidated the document.  The experience of working on the PRSP provided valuable insights into the process of moving from research, to dialogue, then formulation and ranking of policies, to documenting these and ensuring their approval at the highest levels of Government.


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