The Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project is aimed at assisting the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Development Planning in the collection, analysis and dissemination of development data and building institutional and technical capacities for monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and effective public management system. The project is further aimed at strengthening national and sectoral capacities to generate and utilise data, facilitate accountability for resources and advocacy for evidence – based planning and results.
The project drives realisation of the national, regional and global targets as enshrined in the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by promoting centrality and availability of quality data, strengthening stakeholder coordination and leadership in collection, dissemination and use of development data. The project is funded by the European Commission Lesotho, and is implemented by the United National Development Programme. It is consistent to the national policy framework and priorities as defined by the NSDP, as well as the EU–National Indicative Program–Lesotho, and the Lesotho United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The project has three components as follows:
- Component 1: Development of a national ecosystem for statistics and data collection implying the project facilitates production of national statistics through an effective ecosystem
- Component 2: Promote literacy and innovations for data collection, compilation, dissemination and use implying the project facilitates improved data quality and data use for policymaking and monitoring
- Component 3: Strengthening national leadership, legal frameworks and policy implying the project facilitates reviewed and strengthened statistics and M&E legal and policy frameworks for effective coordination