Demographic Data:

  • Total Population: 2.109 million
  • Population under 15: 36%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 42.4 years
  • Human Development Index out of total: 161 out of 188

Source: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2009​

  • World Bank Status: Lower Middle Income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence (age 15-49): 23.4%
  • Mean Household Composition: 3.6 persons
  • Female-Headed Households: 36.3%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 19%


Kick4Life2 Sep 2016

A PSA produced by Hillside Digital Trust about Kick4Life's work in supporting vulnerable children in Lesotho

Edited by Benjamin Davis, Sudhanshu Handa, Nicola Hypher, Natalia Winder Rossi, Paul Winters, and Jennifer Yablonski – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The United Nations Children’s Fund, and Oxford University Press12 Jul 2016

This book published jointly by FAO, UNICEF, and Oxford University Press presents the findings from evaluations of the Transfer Project, a cash transfer project undertaken in the following sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  It concludes that cash transfers are becoming a key means for social protection in developing countries. 

Ellen Block - AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV13 Jun 2016

This paper examines the emergence of a small but growing number of male caregivers who are responding to the needs of the extended family. 

ACCI Relief1 Jan 2016

Kinnected is a program run in 10 countries by the organization ACCI Relief aimed at preserving and strengthening families and assisting children currently in residential care to achieve their right to be raised in a family. This report describes Kinnected’s programs and initiatives underway in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Lesotho and includes some individual case studies.

Sophia Thabane & Madhu Kasira - Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) vol.51 n.1 1 Jan 2015

This article, based on research in progress, discusses possible dangers of child abandonment and neglect in Lesotho, using attachment theory as its theoretical grounding.

Kingdom of Lesotho1 Jun 2014

This Multisectoral National Strategy for Child Protection builds on a mapping and assessment of Lesotho’s current child protection system, which drew together many stakeholders to consider how best

Kingdom of Lesotho1 May 2014

This document presents the Kingdom of Lesotho's National Multisectoral Child Protection Strategy 2014–2018 and a Costed Plan of Action for 2014-2016. The document is a more detailed operational document, setting out a road map for actions from July 2014 through to March 2017. 

Mr Vuyani Patrick Ntanjana & Mr Fezile July - Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund1 Jan 2014

The purpose of the ‘Imbeleko and social connectedness’ project was to conduct a cross-sectional study in order to explore and describe indigenous ways of care and support to inform policy and intervention.

Southern African Development Community1 Jan 2011

The Minimum Package is a guide to encourage the harmonizing of service delivery for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)13 Oct 2010

This Situation Analysis Report is one of a series of three documents: (1) Report on the Situation of Orphans and Vulnerable and Children and Youth in the SADC Region; (2) Conceptual Framework for Psychosocial Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in the SADC Region; and (3) Minimum Package of Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in the SADC Region. The Situation Analysis Report has informed the development of the PSS Framework and the Minimum Package of Services.