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Officially launched on 24 January 2017 at a centre in Mohale's Hoek, the Participatory Initiative for Social Accountability (PISA) is a civic education programme that aims to promote an informed and active citizenry.
The first phase of PISA ran from June 2016 - May 2019. The EU and the German government has again partnered with the Lesotho government to support a new phase of the PISA programme called PISA II.
The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to a more efficient and cost effective provision of public goods and services. The specific objective of PISA I was to contribute to increased citizens' awareness of governance matters and their capacity to engage in democratic and developmental processes.
The second phase of the Action (PISA II) aims to strengthen the collaborative local responses of citizens, community formations, service providers, state representatives and traditional authorities to improve service delivery. It further aims to promote, deepen and consolidate its civic education approaches and work towards the sustainable institutionalisation of the programme.
PISA I: June 2016 - May 2019
PISA II: June 2019 - May 2022
The Constitution of Lesotho entrenches the right of citizens to participate in public affairs. However, at present, there is limited awareness and capacity on the part of citizens with regard to their participation in democratic structures and processes. Citizens, especially in rural areas of Lesotho, find it difficult to know what their rights are and where to voice their needs.The citizenry is neither sufficiently informed nor strategically organised to exercise its civic rights. There are limited platforms for citizens to participate in the implementation of national policies and development initiatives. As a result, there is also an emerging cynicism, especially among young people, about the failure of democracy.
For Lesotho's development, it is deemed important that citizens exercise their democratic rights by duly taking part in public life. Both state and non-state stakeholders, as well as ordinary citizens, require more knowledge and information and greater awareness of development and governance issues. Likewise, elected representatives and civil servants require skills training in the efficient provision of information to Basotho on government policies and service delivery, important for the alleviation of poverty in the country.
Boikarabello ke ba Bohle (Sesotho for “Responsibility is for all of us”).
Facts and figures (2018)
EU contracted amount
PISA I: EUR 2 950 000
PISA II: EUR 2 950 000
European Development Fund (EDF)
Contributions from partner(s)
PISA I: EUR 0.465 000 000
PISA II: EUR 700 000