Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

A UN-HABITAT programme in cooperation with the European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat. Read more

Lesotho Phase 1

Lesotho joined the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in 2012. It has a population of 1,924,886 inhabitants (2011). The proportion of the population living in slum areas was 35.1 percent in 2005, or 162,000 inhabitants.


Lesotho is one of the least-urbanized nations in the world, with an urbanization rate of 26.8 percent (2010 estimate). The period 2010-2020 will see a rapid increase in urbanization rates of up to 6.5 percent. In Lesotho, customary land tenure is significant in both urban and peri-urban areas.


The percentage of the rural population with access to improved water was 73 percent in 2010. The urban population with access to improved sanitation facilities was 32 percent in 2010.


Lesotho’s percentage of unemployment was 25.3 percent in 2008 and the percentage of student enrollment in primary schools was 103.2 percent in 2010. Schooling is quasi-universal in urban and rural areas; any disparities in enrolment rates remain small across cities and villages.


Profiled cities

To be announced soon


Current status

Phase 1: Urban profiling – forthcoming

Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – forthcoming

Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming