The European Union's programme of financial and technical cooperation supports the implementation of Lesotho's National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP). There is an indicative EU funding allocation of €124 million from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11)'s National Indicative Programme (NIP) for the period 2014-2020.
In agreement with the Government of Lesotho, EDF 11 support is focusing on three priority sectors, namely, Water, Governance and Energy. The funding allocations are as follows: Water €69 million; Governance €39 million; Energy €7 million; Support to civil society € 4.5 million; the remaining €9 million has been set aside for support to the identification and formulation of other actions that will be implemented under EDF 11. Actions under these sectors will be implemented by the Government with the support of technical assistance, by civil society organisations, 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 called the European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy (EIDHR).
Futhermore, the EU and its member states provide half of the financing allocations under the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tubercolosis and malaria. The total allocations under the Global Fund between 2014 and 2019 for Lesotho amount to US$ 159.55 million (approximately EUR 136 million).
The EU is also supporting the deployment of the SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) through the African Peace Facility with an amount of €1.34 million.