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Lesotho: EU Grants Millions to Support Civil Society in Lesotho
Source: Lesotho Government Portal
Source Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Lesotho
Created: Mar 07, 2018

He expressed joy that a component of support has now come to fruition in the form of the signing of the financing agreement, noting that it is going to be used to support Civil Society in Lesotho to ensure accountability of public institutions.

He noted that importantly, the agreement aims to contribute in maintaining peace and security, and to create a stable and democratic environment.

Also speaking, EU Ambassador, Dr Christian Manahl said EU acknowledges that the role Civil Society groups play thus; providing a voice to the poor and maginalised groups is an important role that can very often be performed by active and accountable Civil Society Organisations.

He expressed believe that the fund will be used for the betterment of Basotho and to promote development.

In an interview, the Executive Director of the Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN), Mr. Seabata Motsamai expressed appreciation over the support from EU, saying he hopes it will enhance better service delivery and promote development.

He noted that as LCN, they will ensure that the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use the money to fulfill the mandate it is intended to, adding that each organisation will present its report time and again to show progress.

The total funding that the European Union has granted Lesotho is 4.5 million Euros (about 65 million Maloti), with a proposed operational implementation period of 60 months (5years).

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