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Southern Africa / Lesotho


Sanitation Verdict 0/20
Water Verdict 0/20
WASH % of gov. budget N/A
Key Facts
HDI Position (UNDP) 158/187
Population (millions, World Bank) 2.19
Child mortality rate (UNICEF) 9/1000
Annual child diarrhoea deaths (UNICEF) 377

The majority of data on this country page was provided by Traffic Lights Publication 2011 from UNICEF/WaterAid/WSP

WASH Finance

Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions)

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Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget

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Financial indicators 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget 5.44 5.15 N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget as % of GDP 2.89 2.51 N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget (current $US, millions) 49.5 54.8 N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions) 419 400 N/A N/A N/A
Gov. budget for sanitation only (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total Gov. budget (local currency, millions) 7,720 7,790 N/A N/A N/A
GDP (current $US, millions, IMF) 1,710 2,180 2,430 2,430 2,430
Average $US exchange rate for that year ( 8.47 7.32 7.26 7.26 7.26
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From DFI research for WaterAid (contact John Garrett)

Lesotho: Access To WASH in 2011 (JMP 2013)

Water Sanitation
78% 26%

There are a number of ways to measure the proportion of people that have access to sanitation and water in a country. Governments often use a combination of management information systems and household surveys.

The official data which the UN uses to monitor progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) comes from the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). JMP aggregates data from household surveys carried out by governments. shows JMP data because it is comparable across countries and uses the MDG definitions of access to sanitation and water. Some Governments prefer to quote the latest data from their household surveys, the best source of this information is the national statistics bureau or equivalent.

Read more about Monitoring Access