Last updated: 29/4/2019

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide elderly people with a source of income.

References
. Freeland, N., and B. Khondker. 2015. “Launch of Lesotho’s National Social Protection Strategy.” Pathways’ Perspectives, No. 18. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/resources/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/18.-Lesothos-National-Social-Protection-Strategy-PP18.pdf>.
Start date
2005
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.
Coverage
85,087 beneficiaries
Programme expenditure
2.39 per cent of GDP

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Elderly people
Eligibility criteria
This is a universal pension for all citizens aged 70 and older.
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
Initially, the monthly transfer was LSL150, but it currently stands at LSL450 (USD40). A further increase to LSL500 (USD45) was recently announced.
References
Freeland, N., and B. Khondker. 2015. “Launch of Lesotho’s National Social Protection Strategy.” Pathways’ Perspectives, No. 18. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/resources/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/18.-Leso thos-National-Social-Protection-Strategy-PP18.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Benefits are delivered in person at local post offices.
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.
Benefit recipients
Pensioners
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
District Officers are responsible for monitoring the pension payments locally and the local chiefs (part of the existing hierarchies in Basotho society) have also been incorporated into the administration to varying degrees.
References
Winnberg, E. 2012. “Social Protection in Developing Countries - The Lesotho Old Age Pension.” Master’s Thesis in Human Geography, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/15968/Winnberg. pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y>.