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UNDP Lesotho


Who we are

UNDP Lesotho works in the Kingdom of Lesotho helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help Lesotho to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

What we do

UNDP in Lesotho supports Basotho to build resilience at every level to help achieve long-term Sustainable Development Goals. We provide assistance in the following focus areas: poverty reduction; promotion of transparent, accountable and effective governance at all levels; and managing environmental changes by adopting an integrated approach to sustainable management of natural resources. Our collaboration and support to the Government and people of Lesotho is governed by the Country Programme Document 2019 -2023; Lesotho United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2019 – 2023) based on the priority needs of the country expressed in the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDPII 2018/19 – 2022/23.

What do we want to accomplish?

We are committed to building on and sharing experiences with our wide range of partners, to maximize the impact of development initiatives of the Government of Lesotho and other partners. Our work in Lesotho is in three focus areas:

  • Acceleration of Economic Growth - The aim is to support the economy to be more resilient to external shocks and volatility through generation of inclusive employment. UNDP aims to facilitate private sector development and engagement with focus on growing medium-sized, small and micro enterprises based on access to technical and vocational skills as well as targeted financial products from micro finance institutions.
  • Sound Environmental Management for Sustainable Development - UNDP assistance emphasizes three inter-locking issues that will enable adaptation to climate change and increase resilience – a low-carbon economy, conservation of natural resources to secure livelihoods and production, and better management of risks related to natural disasters.
  • Good Governance and Accountable Institutions – The aim is to boost institutional leadership, performance and accountability, citizen participation and mechanisms for maintaining social peace, targeting core democratic institutions such as the Independent Electoral Commission, Officer of the Ombudsman, Parliament, Human Rights Unit and Ministries critical to policy and institutional reform. The key principles of implementing UNDP Programmes are to ensure national ownership and leadership, build long-term capacities and collaborative approaches.

What are our results?

We strive to document the achievements made by the Government of Lesotho and the strides the country is making in the fight against poverty, accelerating economic growth, safeguarding the environment, and strengthening democratic governance. Our accomplishments are reflected in efficient delivery of development results for the betterment of Basotho. 

Our Leadership

Resident Representative - UNDP Lesotho

Dr. Jacqueline Olweya - UNDP Resident Representative

Dr. Jacqueline Saline Olweya holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Economics and Planning of Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and a Master of Philosophy Degree in the same discipline from Moi University, Kenya. She has published several books and articles on a wide range of topics including Education, Governance, Security, Poverty Reduction, HIV&AIDS, and Strategic Planning from a gender perspective.

With over 20 years of experience in development practice, she provides high level policy, advisory, teambuilding support and capacity development initiatives for governments, United Nations, civil society organizations and academia.

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Deputy Resident Representative - UNDP Lesotho 

Ms. Nessie Golakai-Gould - UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

Ms. Nessie Golakai-Gould is a Liberian national with over twenty ( 20 years) experience in the development sector. Ms. Golakai-Gould has Bachelor or Arts in Political Science and Economics Combined Major from the University of the Ghana and a MSc in Rural and Urban Planning from the University of Zimbabwe.

She has 15 years of UNDP specific experience; serving  most recently as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Gambia. 

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