#AfricaCAN: A Lesotho farmer can now grow vegetables all year long

ls-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-vegetable-farmer-in-lesotho-780x439I met Thabo Lefatle on a cold winter day in Lesotho. We – a team from the World Bank Communications Department – had driven an hour and a half south of the capital Maseru to get to his farm. As we traveled through different parts of the small mountainous kingdom, we met several farmers to find out exactly how the Smallholder Agriculture Development Project (SADP) impacted their lives.

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eC2:Interim Support to the PPP Unit-Lesotho

Deadline: 10-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)PPPs

The Government of Lesotho has entered into a landmark Public Private Partnership (PPP) for a new national referral hospital and three primary filter clinics in Maseru (QMMH PPP).The Government wishes to ensure that these PPPs remain cost effective, provide reliable and timely services at the agreed price and to the agreed quality, consistent with legal standards, financial probity and management accountability, while maintaining good partner relationships with the Private Operator.
IFC has mobilized financial resources for the recruitment of a specialist contract management Consultant to support the strengthening of processes and procedures which will assist Government in effective and efficient monitoring of the PPP agreements

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eC2:Lesotho PPP Policy and Legal Framework

Deadline: 11-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of Lesotho (GoL) is interested in developing a framework to attract private sector participation. Previously, GoL has developed a draft PPP Policy and regulations and is now seeking consultant support to review these existing and related documents and assist in formulating an updated PPP Policy and drafting the PPP law and regulations.

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eC2:Development of Student Learning Assessment and Teacher Maths and Science Competency Assessment for Lesotho

Deadline: 05-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Young Entrepreneurs

The WB seeks the services of a highly skilled consultant to : (i) develop instruments for a baseline assessment in Form B (Grade 9), conduct power calculations and sampling, and analyze the data and produce a report of findings. The Form B National Assessment package to be produced would include: a) student test b) student questionnaire and c)teacher/school questionnaire. (ii) develop instruments, conduct data analysis and write a report for the study on teachers numeracy and literacy competencies at the primary level and Math and Science competencies at the junior secondary level. The instruments to be developed would include: a) Primary (Grade 1-4) Teacher Test in Literacy and Numeracy, b) Secondary Teacher Test in Mathematics, c) Secondary Teacher Test in Physics, d) Secondary Teacher Test in Biology, e) Secondary Teacher Test in Chemistry, f) School/Teacher Questionnaires.

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Lesotho – Systematic Country Diagnostics published

The World Bank has recently published the Lesotho Systematic Country Diagnostic. A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) informs each new country partnership. The diagnostic identifies the most important challenges and opportunities in a country, and serves as the basis for the World Bank’s engagement with a country.

Abstract from the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic for Lesotho:

Lesotho is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world. It is a small, mostly mountainous, and largely rural country of about 2 million people, completely surrounded by South Africa. The persistence of poverty and rising inequality are striking for an economy that grew at annual rates of 4 percent per capita over the past decade. Continue reading