From Protection to Production
©FAO/Jeanette Van Acker


The programme

The Lesotho Child Grants Programme (CGP) provides an unconditional cash transfer to poor and vulnerable households. The primary objective of the CGP is to improve the schooling, nutrition, and health status  of orphan and vulnerable children. Households receive 45 USD every three months.

The evaluation

The evaluation  follows a community-level randomized control longitudinal design. It includes a quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation, an income multiplier study, and a targeting study.

A baseline quantitative survey was conducted in  2011, and covered roughly  3,000 households across 5 Districts (Berea, Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru and Qacha’s Nek). Qualitative research occurred in 3 community councils to investigate programme targeting. Follow-up survey is scheduled to occur in June 2013, along  with further qualitative research.

Key findings

Local economy   
Local economy income multiplier of 1.36.

Targeting performance is similar to other programmes in the region, but there is scope for improvement.

Background material