Impacts of Lesotho Highlands Water Project on Sustainable Livelihoods

Haretsebe Manwa


The sustainable livelihood framework was used to understand and interpret communities’ perceptions of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project’s impacts on livelihoods in the highlands of Lesotho. In-depth interviews were held with representatives of households in three villages who were part of Phase 1A of the Lesotho Highland Project. The results suggest that the Lesotho Highland Water Project has changed the livelihoods of the mountain people living nearby. The water project should embark on image building by involving people from the affected communities in setting up new priorities and a new vision concerning how the project can aid in sustaining the livelihoods of affected villages. Most importantly, the project should educate the concerned villages regarding its prime objectives and how communities can benefit from them.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n15p640

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