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A landlocked, mountainous country surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho has been adversely affected by both the global financial crisis and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The World Bank is assisting the government as it works to enhance competitiveness, foster private sector–led growth, make the public sector more efficient, improve service delivery, and diversify its economic base.

2.193 Million
GDP per capita
GDP growth
Life Expectancy
Income Level
Lower Middle
Poverty Ratio
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Active Bank projects 9
Proposed Bank projects 1
Start of Bank partnership Sept 1968
Total Bank Investment $651 (millions)

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Job Growth in Africa

Job Growth in Africa

Lesotho's Finance Minister, Timothy T. Thahane, joins the World Bank Annual Meetings (Fall 2011) to share his formula for sparking job growth in Africa.
Mr. Timothy Thahane, Minister of Finance, Lesotho

Audio: Also listen to Timothy Thahane in an audio interview

World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Washington, D.C., April 17, 2011
Harnessing Water for Lesotho's Future

Harnessing Water for Lesotho's Future

The Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program is working to increase access to water in areas surrounding Lesotho’s capital.
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