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The European Union's programme of financial and technical co-operation supports the implementation of Lesotho's National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP). The current 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11) provides financing of € 142 million for the period 2014-2020.
In agreement with the Government of Lesotho, and following extensive stakeholder consultations, EDF 11 support is focusing on the three priority sectors of water, energy and governance. The funding allocations are as follows: Water 55% (€ 78 million); Energy 20% (€ 28 million); Governance 15% (€ 22 million); Support to civil society 5% (€ 7 million); with the remaining 5% (€ 7 million) being set aside for support to the identification and formulation of actions that will be implemented under EDF 11. Actions under these sectors will be implemented by either the Government with the support of technical assistance, by CSOs or by implementing bodies such as UN agencies.
In addition, a number of other projects aimed at enhancing respect for human rights and strengthening the capacity of civil society are being carried out under the thematic funding instrument of the EU, the European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy (EIDHR).