Lesotho

Donor: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) • Timeframe: March–Aug. 2019

National Disability Situational Analysis (NDSA) in Lesotho

IDP led research efforts to develop the NDSA in Lesotho that was supported by the Lesotho Ministry of Social Development (MSD), UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The purpose of the situational analysis was to understand the situation of persons with disabilities and to identify the key duty bearers responsible for upholding their rights. The report provided up-to-date information on the current social, economic, and human rights statuses of persons with disabilities with a focus on vulnerable children. The methodology for the NDSA included national analysis of policies related to persons with disabilities, a comprehensive literature review, stakeholder mapping and key informant interviews, and focus group discussions with key stakeholders. Disabled persons’ organizations and other key stakeholders were invited to review research methodologies, tools, report findings, and recommendations to ensure these accurately reflect priorities and the local context of Lesotho. Stakeholders have used our report findings to make appropriate policy and program recommendations that can be implemented by the Government of Lesotho and development partners to remove barriers and contribute to the fulfillment of human rights for all individuals in Lesotho.

Project Highlights

  • Reviewing 88 documents and conducting 32 interviews with 131 stakeholders 
  • Creating a situational analysis on the current social, economic, and human rights statuses of persons with disabilities with a focus on Lesotho’s vulnerable children 
  • Conducting one validation workshop attended by 50 stakeholders