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Kingdom of Lesotho
Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper

Ministry of Development Planning, Maseru

December, 2000

Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (I-PRSPs), prepared by member countries, summarize the current knowledge and assessment of a country's poverty situation, describe the existing poverty reduction strategy, identifies gaps in poverty data, diagnotics, and monitoring capacity, and lay out the process for addressing these gaps and producing a fully developed Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in a participatory fashion. This country document is being made available on the IMF website by agreement with the member country as a service to users of the IMF website.

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1. Introduction
  Purpose of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
Government's commitment to poverty reduction
Recent Economic Developments
Recent Political Developments
2. The Poverty Situation in Lesotho
Levels of income and inequality
Human Capabilities and Basic Needs
The Need for Monitoring
3. Experiences in Poverty Reduction
Poverty Reduction Within the Context of Good Governance
Sectoral Interventions and Achievements
   Rural road construction
   Water and Sanitation
   Private sector development
   Culture and sport
   Community Participation

4. Policy Commitments and Economic Targets
Macroeconomic and Sectoral Policies: 2000/01–200/0
5. Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Lesotho
The Preparation Stage
   Evaluation of I-PRSP
   Data Collection and Analysis
   Assessment of Poverty Programmes
   Preparation of Working Document

The Consultative Stage
   The Technical Working Group
   The Poverty Council
   The Poverty Forum

The Finalisation Stage
Work plan/Timeline for PRSP
Resource requirements