Welcome to the Ministry of Social Development

" Transforming lives of the vulnerable "

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A Nation where everyone enjoys an acceptable minimum standard of living and in which there are equal opportunities for people to realise their full potential


To lead and facilitate the provision of sustainable Social Development services those are universally accessible to all vulnerable groups in Lesotho in collaboration with other key stakeholders

Strategic Goal and Objectives of the Ministry

The long term goal of the Ministry is to improve the quality of life of all Basotho through interventions that address poverty, deprivation, vulnerability and inequality in a comprehensive and holistic manner.

Background Information of the Ministry

The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) was first established in 1976 as part of the then Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Between 1976 and 1993, the Department was moved from one Ministry to another not less than six times. During that time, the DSW was delivering social welfare services that were remedial and curative in nature.

    Core Programmes

  • Ministry of Social Development Community Development
  • Ministry of Social Development Elderly Services
  • Ministry of Social Development Social Assistance