Kingdom of Lesotho - eGovernment Infrastructure Phase II


Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Oct 2019
Signature Date 13 Jan 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Communications
DAC Sector Code 22020
Commitment U.A 10,180,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The second phase of the eGovernment Infrastructure Project is designed to drive digital finance and financial inclusion by improving access to reliable digital Services, particularly among citizens living in rural and unserved areas. This phase II is considered as a logical continuation of phase I, and aims to further deploy mobile coverage and to extend fiber optic connectivity in order to facilitate digital transformation. The project shall increase data enabled coverage in rural and unserved areas; improve financial inclusion among unbanked citizens in Lesotho by developing digital payment infrastructure and strengthening digital services ecosystem and improve government skills to oversee and implement ICT initiatives. The project comprises three main components, namely: (1) improvement of broadband coverage in rural and underserved areas, (2) improvement of digital public services, and (3) capacity building and project management.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the project is to support job creation and economic growth through investment in digital infrastructure and services. It should help to provide access to a diverse range of financial products and services for individuals as well as small, medium and large businesses through the expansion of digital infrastructure and services, which will lead to creating jobs, and contributing to Lesotho’s economic growth.

Beneficiaries

The main beneficiaries of the project are the populations of the project area estimated at about 168,000 people in 1033 villages within the districts concerned.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Extending
Government Of Lesotho
Implementing
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-LS-GB0-003
Last Update 26 May 2020

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Contact Details

Name YONAZI Enock
Email e.yonazi@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Lesotho