Boost for CSOs

Boost for CSOs

MASERU – THE European Union (EU) on Friday gave a grant of M65 million to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) in Lesotho.
The EU Ambassador Christian Manahl said providing a voice to the poor and marginalised groups is an important role that can only be performed by active and accountable CSOs.

The Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) is the umbrella body of all CSOs in the country.
Manahl said civil society organisations play a crucial role in raising the interests of marginalised communities in remote areas.

Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro said civil society plays an important role in the development of socio-economic and political issues of the people.

He said they deserved a pat on the shoulder for their role in pushing for a better provision of social services as well as providing a platform for ordinary people to air their opinions.

He also applauded the CSOs for monitoring the performance of the governance sector. Dr Majoro said civil society contributes significantly towards the development of the country.

He said he was happy the agreement was being signed with the EU to support the cause of the CSOs to ensure that public institutions are accountable.

Majara Molupe

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