Child Poverty in Lesotho: Understanding the extent of multiple overlapping deprivation

A study on child poverty


Like many countries in Africa, Lesotho faces significant challenges related to persistent poverty and hindered development. Indeed, 57 per cent of all households live below the national poverty line and there are reasons to believe that children are disproportionately affected by deprivations such as malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, school dropout, under-five mortality and orphanhood.

This study builds on the indication that understanding the complexity of child poverty and children’s deprivation is essential to addressing the needs of children through suitable programmes and policies. Therefore, this study aims to analyse the extent and characteristics of child deprivations and the profiles of children suffering from deprivation in Lesotho, and to inform equity-based policy responses to meet SDG Target 1.2.

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