HER MAJESTY LAUNCHES BOOK ENTAILING
CASH TRANSFERS STORIES
A book titled, 'From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers
and Impact Evaluation in Sub Saharan Africa' was officially launched
by Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso at the occasion held in
Maseru on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, Her Majesty congratulated the Lesotho
government through Ministry of Social Development and development
partners like the European Union (EU) and the United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) for their contribution in making Lesotho a
centre of reference for other countries in as far as the cash
transfer grants to vulnerable households has been successfully
She said the money has amongst others helped in transforming the
lives of the beneficiaries, adding that evidence has shown that the
cash transfer programme policies are needed to speed up the progress
towards the country's sustainable development.
Her Majesty highlighted that the money has increased savings for the
households, while on the other hand it has benefited the families
through increased agricultural production and added a dietary
diversity in such families.
''It has also reduced the child on farm labour and the children
dropouts from school as well as begging. It further increased the
number of children going to high school as parents are able to pay
for their school fees,'' the Queen stated.
She further urged the Ministry and development partners to continue
to work together and expressed hope that the findings of the book
will inform the policy framework for the country.
Speaking at the same occasion, the EU Ambassador to Lesotho, Mr.
Michael Doyle commended Lesotho government for conducting the cash
transfer for social protection of vulnerable households.
He said since 2008, EU has invested 30 million Euros equivalent to
about M455 million in support of Lesotho government in its efforts
on social protection especially on the Child Grants Programme.
The Programme has been designed to improve children's living
conditions particularly to improve access to nutritious food and
medical services, and to increase school attendance as well as
Mr. Doyle said Lesotho's Child Grants Programme has gained
international recognition partly because what started as a fully
funded intervention has transitioned in a relatively short period of
time to a national programme fully funded and administered by
Also speaking was the Minister of Social Development, Mr. Molahlehi
Letlotlo who appreciated the support from Lesotho's development
partners in social protection issues.
He said the social protection grants started in 1976 under the
Department of Social Welfare and in 2009 the Child Grants programme
started, adding that since 2013, the programme has been fully funded
by the government through the national budget.
He thanked EU for assisting the Ministry in establishing a national
information system to keep data of beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, there are about 25,000 households which include 75,000
vulnerable children who receive quarterly cash payments of between
M360 and M750 depending on the number of children per household.
The stories of the cash transfers have been collected in eight
countries including, Ghana, Lesotho, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malawi,
Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.
Source: LENA 17/11/2016