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‘I see change in the lives of the people’: King Letsie III of Lesotho commends FAO work in Lesotho

The project has strengthened climate change adaptation through improved watershed management

His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Nutrition, toured several project sites in Lesotho’s Mafeteng and Thaba-Tseka districts where the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing activities to restore ecosystem services and improve food and nutrition security. “I am happy…

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IMF Staff Completes Virtual Mission to Lesotho

The authorities and the mission team had productive discussions on policies that could be supported by the IMF under a financial arrangement

Lesotho has been struggling with the fallout from the pandemic and a sharp decline in revenues from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU); The authorities and the mission team made significant progress in their discussions on policies that could be supported by the IMF under a financial arrangement. A team…

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Multinational: African Development Bank approves $86.72 million loan to boost water security and socio-economic development in South Africa and Lesotho

The multi-phase project will provide water to the Gauteng region of South Africa and generate hydroelectricity for Lesotho

The African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved a loan of $86.72 million to co-finance the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The multi-phase project will provide water to the Gauteng region of South Africa and generate hydroelectricity for Lesotho. The project entails harnessing the…

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U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with the Kingdom of Lesotho

The increased collaboration between Lesotho’s law enforcement agencies and their U.S. counterparts in the creation of the fingerprint database is a meaningful step forward in significantly advancing Lesotho’s border security priorities

The United States Embassy in Maseru hosted a team of law enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) to conduct the first phase of a potential multi-year project to create the Kingdom of Lesotho’s first national criminal fingerprint database. At the request of…

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UNESCO steps up efforts for biodiversity conservation with the designation of 20 new biosphere reserves

Lesotho, Libya and Saudi Arabia join the MAB Network this year with the designation of their first sites

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme today added 20 new sites, in 21 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which now numbers 727 biosphere reserves in 131 countries, including 22 transboundary sites. UNESCO Biosphere reserves now cover more than 5% of the Earth’s landmass, in which biodiversity…

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Facebook Marketplace Rolls Out to 37 Countries & Territories Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Marketplace is a convenient destination where people can discover, buy and sell items from others in their local communities

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today announced the launch of Marketplace to 37 countries and territories in Sub-Saharan Africa, including: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia,…

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LePHIA 2020 Survey Results Show Reduced New Infections, Successful Treatment Program in the Kingdom of Lesotho

The survey offered HIV counseling and testing with immediate return of results

Today, Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales joined Lesotho Minister of Health Semano Sekatle and representatives from ICAP at Columbia University for a virtual event to announce the final results of the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA 2020) survey.  LePHIA 2020 is a household-based national survey that was conducted between December 2019 and…

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Lesotho: African Development Fund extends $4.25 million loan to modernize tax collection, boost revenue

The funds will go to support the Supplemental Financing of the Lesotho Tax Modernization Project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has approved a loan of $4.25 million to the Lesotho Revenue Authority to provide digital tax services, including e-taxation and e-payment, that will broaden the country’s tax base and boost government revenue. The funds, to be sourced from the…

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Lesotho: A New Social Protection Assessment Aims to Help Strengthen Policies and Programs for the Poor

The country’s social protection programs tackle vulnerabilities throughout the life cycle from children to the elderly

The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Lesotho, released a new report assessing the performance of Lesotho’s social protection policies and programs. As the country continues to face weak growth and limited fiscal resources further constrained by the economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, strong effective social protection…

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World Bank Financing for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Exceeds $4 Billion for 50 Countries

The World Bank Group has approved more than $150 billion to fight the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic

The World Bank announced today that it is providing over $4 billion for the purchase and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for 51 developing countries, half of which are in Africa. More than half of the financing comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest…