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.
The core function of child protection services is to ensure children in Lesotho live in an environment free from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect within supportive family settings so that they have their rights fulfilled and their full poten...
To promote transformative interventions and use them to influence power structures to remove barriers that prevent people from participating in affairs that affect their lives.
Ensure that all persons with disabilities live a sustainable life in which they contribute to their well-being and that of their families.
To advocate for observance of rights and respect to older persons by establishing structures that will improve the status of older persons and their well-being, while being sensitive to gender and age difference of older persons.
To reduce malnutrition, improve health and increase school enrolment of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), increase access to secondary education among OVC and provide a minimum degree of economic security to persons in need.