Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To promote the education of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

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>.
Start date
2000
References
Blank, L., and A. Ocampo. 2015. Lesotho: Review of Public Assistance and the OVC Bursary Scheme. Maseru, Lesotho.
Coverage
13,172 beneficiaries
Programme expenditure
0.18 per cent of GDP

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Self-Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
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>.
Target groups
OVC
Eligibility criteria
Eligible children are applicants younger than 18 years old who are enrolled in secondary school who: have lost one or both parents; have an incapacitated or incarcerated parent; or are considered ‘needy’.
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
Bursary which covers secondary schooling fees (registration, books etc.) and tuition.
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>.
Amount of benefits
The amount paid annually to secondary schools varies by school and grade, but should cover tuition and other fees.
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>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Annual
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
The programme makes the payment to secondary schools.
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
The programme has been assessed internally, but no impact evaluation has been conducted. A monitoring and evaluation framework has been in place since 2011.
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>.