Local Democracy in Lesotho: Current Strengths and Challenges

The research was undertaken by the Local Governance Research Unit (LGRU) at De Montfort University in conjunction with the Institute of Southern African Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Lesotho. The work was sponsored by the department of Communities and Local Government in the UK.

The purpose of the research was:

1. to establish how local government and local democracy is currently working in Lesotho, focusing especially upon how real practices relate to the legislated design;

2. to establish the extent to which the practise of local government and democracy varies between localities within Lesotho;

3. to develop a practical guide to local government and local democracy in Lesotho on behalf of, and with the cooperation of, the Lesotho Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship, for circulation around other Government Departments and International non-governmental organisations;

4. to analyse and make recommendations on how new technologies and systems, simply applied, might enhance local government and local democracy in Lesotho

The research focuses on the parallel structures operating at a local level. It highlights the complex and, sometimes, strained nature of the relationship between an embryonic and long established institution.

The research outputs are:

Local Government in Lesotho (pdf available to download)
A Guide to Local Government in the Kingdom of Lesotho   (pdf available to download)

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