• Country: Lesotho.
  • Client: UNICEF.
  • Funder: European Union.
  • Year: 2010.

Ayala Consulting was contracted by UNICEF in late 2009 to assess the Lesotho Child Grants Program (CGP), which had been implemented since 2007, and to strengthen the design for an expansion under the pilot. The CGP provides unconditional cash transfers to households caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), an issue of great importance to the country giving high rates of HIV.

Ayala Consulting began providing technical assistance to the expansion of the CGP in July 2010. In addition, it used the CGP as a cornerstone from which to assist the Government of Lesotho (GoL) to strengthen, modernize and coordinate other existing government social safety nets (SSNs), in order to contribute to more comprehensive and effective social protection in the country. As part of these activities Ayala Consulting provided operational inputs towards the formulation of a National Social Protection Strategy.

 Over the course of the consultancy Ayala Consulting prepared the following:

Preparation of detailed design for the Child Grants Program.

Operational assessment of four National Social Safety Nets.

Preparation of a detailed design to reform the program and be able to expand it including budget and work plan.

Preparation of Operations Manual and annexes for the CGP.

Preparation of Operations Manual and annexes for other Social Safety Nets.

MIS for CGP and modules for other programs.

Detailed design for Single Registry and Single Targeting System.

Socio-economic assessment of Lesotho Draft National Strategy Report.

Additional Information:

  • Sector: Social Protection, Health, Education.
  • Target population: Children, Orphans and vulnerable children, Poor households.
  • Program Type: Cash transfer, Conditional cash transfer, Bursary, Pension, Social safety net, Single registry.
  • Type of consultancy: Ex-ante assessment and design proposal, Detailed design, Technical assistance during implementation, Monitoring, Implementation management, Management information system.