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 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. 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.
June 2019 - May 2022
Participatory Initiative for Social Accountability (PISA), this includes state institutions, such as line ministries at national and district level, local governments at district and council level, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and traditional authorities, as well as civil society organisations and church-based organisations, including the Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN) and its member organisations.
Boikarabello ke ba Bohle (Sesotho for “Responsibility is for all of us”).
Benefitting zone and beneficiaries
The target audience for PISA II’s civic education and dialogue activities is both citizens as well as citizen representatives, specifically councillors and chiefs. The final beneficiaries are the population aged 14 years and above in all districts of Lesotho. PISA II therefore, targets adults of voting age as well as youth, who often have dropped out of school and do not receive civic education through the formal curriculum.
In the first years of implementation, PISA I established itself in all districts and implemented activities in all councils across the country, generating a footprint in the communities. Rather than aiming for full coverage of the citizenry, PISA II will work in selected councils.
The target councils include up to 11 urban councils (all but Maseru City Council) and up to 28 rural councils. The choice was based on the rationale that PISA should target those communities that have little access to information due to their remote geographical location, poor infrastructure and a lack of platforms of citizen participation. Further, PISA activities are complementary to those of other civic education initiatives by local civil society organisations.
Based on the experience from the first phase, PISA II aims to reach up to 15% of the population aged 14 years and above in the selected councils, which brings the total number of Basotho in the target population to up to 90,000.
Improving the awareness, knowledge and skills of citizens in the project areas on how to participate in democratic and developmental processes.
Strengthening systems for inclusive dialogue formats and community responses of citizens and citizen representatives to improve local service delivery.
Enhancing awareness, knowledge and skills of local councillors and chiefs in project areas on how to consult with and represent citizens.
The integration of PISA into the national institutional set-up of Lesotho.
EU contracted amount
€ 2, 950, 000
Contributions from partner(s)
€ 700, 000