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Working in Lesotho

Work in a developing nation offers numerous realistic solution oriented opportunities that can be useful to building a strong resume. For example, whereas 90% of Lesotho’s population is engaged in agriculture, the hilly terrain causes serious soil erosion challenges. To this and other ends, the German organization GIZ has been active in Lesotho since independence. Currently the organizations priority is decentralization that opens up doors for professionals in engineering.

The British Government with its base in South Africa also has several agencies working in Lesotho. These agencies address various developmental issues that seek to foster ties between the two nations. The agencies all operate in line with the British Government’s wider foreign policy priorities including peace and security, sustainable development, governance and society. Further information is available via the DFID in Southern Africa and the British High Commission Pretoria.

NGO work in Lesotho can also be sought using category specific search engines such as reliefweb.int. Lesotho has made extensive use of its natural water resources and produces sufficient electric power to meet local demand and export. In keeping with this, the country has invested in a project named the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). This project aims to divert water from Lesotho’s mountains to South Africa and is expected to be operational by 2020. According to the World Bank the project should draw a large inflow of human and other capital during the construction phase which may run as long as 10 years. In addition to the water project, the World Bank report on the country reveals many interesting areas should receive grants to help Lesotho meet her strategic goals.


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