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%


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Together for Girls1 Jan 2019

The Lesotho VACS Fact Sheet provides country-specific data on sexual and physical violence against children in Lesotho.

Noemi Pace, Silvio Daidone, Benjamin Davis, Luca Pellerano - Journal of African Economies28 Jun 2018

This paper focuses on the role of ‘soft conditionality’ implemented through both ‘labelling’ and ‘messaging’ in evaluating the impact of the Child Grants Program in Lesotho, an unconditional cash transfer programme targeting poor households with orphans and vulnerable children.

Better Care Network25 Jun 2018

This country care review includes the care-related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Catholic Relief Services29 Jan 2018

The purpose of this Scope of Work is to assess and document Quality Improvement (QI) implementation process in relation to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) OVC Project. 

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. 

Mercy Shoko & Latifat Ibisomi - Child Indicators Research8 Jul 2016

This study explores the relationship between orphanhood prevalence, living arrangements and orphanhood reporting. 

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.