The Child Grants Programme (CGP) is an unconditional cash transfer
targeted at poor and vulnerable households in Lesotho and is run by the
Ministry of Social Development (MSD), with financial support from the
European Commission and technical support from UNICEF-Lesotho.
The primary objective of the CGP is to improve the living standards of
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) so as to reduce malnutrition,
improve health status and increase school enrolment among OVC.
This brief presents analysis and findings from a qualitative research
case study conducted in April and May 2013 in Lesotho on the economic
impact of the CGP programme.
The objective of the research was to explore the impact of the CGP
programme from the perspective of beneficiaries, non-beneficiaries and
community leaders in villages of four Community Councils in the
districts of Mafeteng and Leribe.
The research used two principal qualitative methods, Focus Group
Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, as well as participatory tools
such as social mapping, well-being analysis, livelihood scoring,
institutional mapping and proportional piling for income and expenditure
analysis. The research team also undertook several in- depth household
FAO. Impacts of the Child Grants Programme on Community Dynamics in Lesotho. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2013) 4 pp.