Impacts of the Child Grants Programme on Community Dynamics in Lesotho


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 case studies.


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.

Published 1 January 2013