Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To improve the living standards and health status of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), reduce malnutrition and increase school enrolment. 

References
Ministry of Social Development. 2014. “The broad range of impacts of the child grant programme in Lesotho.” Policy Brief – Country Series. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3847e.pdf>.
Start date
2009
References
Oxford Policy Management. 2014. Qualitative research and analyses of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa - Lesotho Country Case Study Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3616e.pdf>.
Conditionalities (if any)
The cash transfer is ‘unconditional’, but households are informed that the transfer is addressed to the needs of their children.
References
Oxford Policy Management. 2014. Qualitative research and analyses of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa - Lesotho Country Case Study Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3616e.pdf>.
Coverage
24,500 households
Programme expenditure
0.22 per cent of GDP

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
Community-Based Targeting
References
Ministry of Social Development. 2014. “The broad range of impacts of the child grant programme in Lesotho.” Policy Brief – Country Series. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3847e.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
Ministry of Social Development. 2014. “The broad range of impacts of the child grant programme in Lesotho.” Policy Brief – Country Series. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3847e.pdf>.
Target groups
Poor and vulnerable households
References
Luca, P. et al. 2014. Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation Follow-up Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/p2p/Documents/draft_CGP_ Follow_Up_v11_out.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
Poor households with OVC (aged 0–17) or child-headed households
References
Oxford Policy Management. 2014. Qualitative research and analyses of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa - Lesotho Country Case Study Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3616e.pdf>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
Luca, P. et al. 2014. Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation Follow-up Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/p2p/Documents/draft_CGP_ Follow_Up_v11_out.pdf>.
Amount of benefits
LSL360–750
References
Luca, P. et al. 2014. Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation Follow-up Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/p2p/Documents/draft_CGP_ Follow_Up_v11_out.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Quarterly
References
Luca, P. et al. 2014. Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation Follow-up Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/p2p/Documents/draft_CGP_ Follow_Up_v11_out.pdf>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Benefits are delivered through a cash-in-transit firm at one or two pay points per Community Council.
References
Oxford Policy Management. 2014. Qualitative research and analyses of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa - Lesotho Country Case Study Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3616e.pdf>.
Benefit recipients
Head of household
References
Oxford Policy Management. 2014. Qualitative research and analyses of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa - Lesotho Country Case Study Report. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3616e.pdf>.