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  • AllAfrica.com
    Current news from Lesotho newspapers, other sources. http://allafrica.com/lesotho/
  • BBC Lesotho Country Profile
  • Informative News - Current news, jobs, tenders. http://www.informativenews.co.ls/
  • Lesotho News Agency - LENA news on the Government site. http://www.lesotho.gov.ls/articles/default.php
  • Public Eye - Print newspaper established 1997. Published by Public Eye (Pty) Ltd. http://www.publiceyenews.com/
  • Summary of Events in Lesotho
    Latest issue from 2006. "a quarterly publication compiled and published by David Ambrose since 1993 at the National University of Lesotho." Good news source, compiled from Lesotho newspapers by Ambrose, author of many books and bibliographies on Lesotho. Past issues available. On the site of Transformation Resource Centre, Maseru, Lesotho. http://www.trc.org.ls/
Africa Inter Mennonite Mission
"Organized as the Congo Inland Mission in 1912, ....has missionaries in six areas of Africa...." Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Describes their work in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), Lesotho, Senegal, South Africa. Has full text articles from their journal, Messenger. http://www.aimmintl.org/home.htm

Has an e-mail list. For other Mennonite sources see: MennoLink - Mennonite Information Center - http://www.MennoLink.org/mic/menno.html
Ananzi Search Engine
Search engine which searches only South African web sites. Enter a search query or you can also use their subject catalogue - http://www.ananzi.co.za/catalog/. By IS-Commercial of The Internet Solution Group. http://www.ananzi.co.za/
Basotho Democratic National Party
Party was launched 2006. Blog posts end in 2007. http://bdnp.blogspot.com/
British Honorary Consulate, Maseru
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/embassies-and-posts/find-an-embassy-overseas/sub-saharan-africa/hon-consul-maseru
British Library. Endangered Archives Programme. Matsieng Royal Archives, Lesotho.
Records date from the early 19th century and of historical, political, legal and economic significance. Some documents are online. Topics covered include: * records on chieftainship, court proceedings, boundary disputes, traditional marriage, inheritance and disputes, official speeches, correspondence (of national and international significance, as it includes official speeches, Lesotho - UK relations, diplomatic contacts with other countries, books and serials, records covering the colonial period, records of public works, financial records. Online catalog of documents. http://eap.bl.uk/database/overview_project.a4d?projID=EAP279
CARE in Lesotho
Basic statistics on Lesotho, a map, stories from Lesotho, and a description of CARE's projects there. http://www.careinternational.org.uk/cares_work/where/lesotho/
Central Bank of Lesotho (Maseru)
Official site. "The Central Bank of Lesotho is a parastatal organisation, fully owned by the Government of Lesotho. However, the Bank enjoys a fair degree of autonomy in formulating and implementing monetary policy." http://www.centralbank.org.ls/
Custom IT Consulting (Pty) Ltd
ICT consulting firm. Internet service provider, web hosting, ICT infrastructure, business solutions. The owner is Mr. Thato P. Molise. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. http://www.custom-it.co.ls/
Ethnologue - Languages of the World
An electronic version of the 13th edition of the book, edited by Barbara F. Grimes, published by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (Dallas, Texas, 1996). A catalogue of languages spoken in Lesotho and other countries. Has a language name index and language family index. http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=Lesotho
Institute for Global Dialogue (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Site does not work in older Netscape browsers. An "independent South African NGO public policy institute; "provides analysis on the changing global environment and its impact on South Africa for the benefit of government and civil society." Publishes a journal, Global Dialogue, several series with full text online (Occasional Papers, Global Insight series, African Dialogue series). http://www.igd.org.za/

African Dialogue
(full text)
1.Transition to democracy in Nigeria: how can South Africa assist? Edited by Kato Lambrechts. 1998. 66 p. (MS Word)
2. Crisis in Lesotho: challenges of managing conflict in Southern Africa. 1999. 47 p. (MS World)
International Rivers Network, Africa Campaigns
Programs in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Uganda. In Lesotho works with NGOs to ensure that the negative impacts of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project on the environment and communities are minimized. Has the full text of Pipe Dreams: The World Bank's Failed Efforts to Restore Lives and Livelihoods of Dam-Affected People in Lesotho, in PDF, 62 pages. Works "to protect rivers from large dam projects, and to press for more sustainable development projects." Full text of its journal, World Rivers Review, is online. Based in Berkeley, California. [KF] http://www.irn.org/programs/safrica/
Internet Connectivity - Lesotho from Mike Jensen
Current information on internet service providers, telecommunications, computerization in Lesotho. Excellent source maintained by Mike Jensen. Has the same information as AISI Connect Online Database. Information and Communication Infrastructure in Africa - Lesotho. http://www2.sn.apc.org/africa/countdet.CFM?countries__ISO_Code=LS
Laniel, Laurent - Cannabis in Lesotho: A Preliminary Survey
Full text.On trafficking, barter of marijuana and hashish. "the main findings of a field study carried out by OGD on the drug situation in Southern Africa in the summer of 1997 particularly as regards the cannabis phenomenon in Lesotho." OGD (Geopolitical Drug Watch or Observatoire Géopolitique des Drogues – OGD, is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental organisation based in Paris. http://www.unesco.org/most/dslaniel.htm
Leo Internet Services
Provides internet service, web hosting, etc. Links to companies in Lesotho. Based in South Africa. http://www.lesoff.co.za/
Lesotho. Bureau of Statistics
Census statistics for 1996 and 2006, manufacturing and agriculture statistics, links to other government statistics bureaus. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. [KF] http://www.bos.gov.ls/
Lesotho Congress for Democracy, LCD
Political party. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. http://www.lcd.org.ls/
Lesotho. Department of Environment
Was formerly the National Environment Secretariat. Full text documents such as the National Implementation Plan 2005 - 93 pages; Assessment of Environmental Information Systems in Lesotho - 78 pages and more. Full text environment-related laws on online. http://www.environment.gov.ls/
Lesotho - Durham Link
Formed in 1986 following discussions between Dr. Peter Green, Bishop David Jenkins and Bishop Philip Mokuku, and the Lesotho Diocesan Council. "The LINK's objective is to express in word and work what it means to be one body in Christ, through the establishment of projects and the development of relationships between the two dioceses of Durham and Lesotho." Programs - rural health clinic, AIDS education, runs a camp site. Photographs of Lesotho. http://www.durham-lesotholink.org.uk/
Lesotho. Embassy. Washington, D.C.
Official site. Facts about Lesotho, holidays, tourism in Lesotho, history, http://www.lesothoemb-usa.gov.ls/
Lesotho Forum
Blog on Lesotho events from 2006-2007. http://lesothoforum.blogspot.com/
Lesotho Government
Official site. Current news, government directory, speeches (by the King, President, Prime Minister, etc.), the Constitution, holidays, government reports, press releases. [KF] http://www.lesotho.gov.ls
Lesotho Highlands Development Authority
http://www.lhda.org.ls/
 
Lesotho Highlands Water Project
"TCTA was originally established in terms of section 138A of the Water Act, 1956 to implement, operate and maintain that part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project situated in South Africa, including water delivery to South Africa." http://www.lhwp.org.ls/
 
Related sites:

TCTA - http://www.metsi.com/

The Southern Africa Evironment Project - extensive information on the Project including reports favorable toward and critical of the Project. Accusations are it will "adversely affect a great number of people, directly cause significant harm to the environment and set a damaging precedent for water management in southern Africa." http://www.saep.org/

International Rivers Network
(Berkeley, CA) - Extensive reports.
http://irn.org/programs/lesotho/index.shtml

When big dams spell disaster: assessing the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
Full text article from the Johannesburg based Institute for Global Dialogue's newsletter, Global Dialogue, Volume 4.3 December 1999. http://www.igd.org.za/pub/g-dialogue/green_page/lesotho.html

Africa Policy Information Center - http://www.africapolicy.org/docs98/les9801.htm
Links collected by Wim Klunne, a Dutch rural energy modelling specialist - http://microhydropower.net/klunne/

Christian Aid - "Trust in Construction? The Lesotho Highlands Water Project" by Robert Archer - http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/indepth/9603leso/lesotho.htm

Environmental Defense Fund
- use their Search/Index to locate articles. http://www.edf.org/

President Nelson Mandela's speech opening the project on January 22, 1998: http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/mandela/1998/sp980122.html

The Association for International Water and Forest Studies (FIVAS in Oslo, Noway) - Report. http://solidaritetshuset.org/fivas/pub/power_c/k11.htm
Lesotho Medical Association - Lesotho Doctors
Has some online issues of the Lesotho Medical Association Journal. http://www.lesothodoctors.com/
Lesotho. Ministry of Finance and Development Planning
Budget speeches, budget guidelines, background to the budget, population statistics, government budget tables, tax policy, etc. [KF] http://www.finance.gov.ls/
Lesotho. Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Rehabilitation
Official site. Covers the Judiciary, Chief Justice, Prisons Dept. High Court Judgments. Based in Maseru. http://www.justice.gov.ls/
Lesotho National Development Corporation
"the Government of Lesotho's main parastatal agency for implementing the country's industrial development policies." Has company background, investors guide, etc. http://www.lndc.org.ls/
Lesotho. Parliament
Members of Parliament, Parliamentary news, FAQ, etc. http://www.parliament.ls/
Lonely Planet - Destination Lesotho
Facts about and travel information on Lesotho. Includes comments volunteered by individuals. On the web site of the travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/africa/lesotho/
Machabeng College: International School of Lesotho
Site only works in Microsoft's browser. "an English Medium School of Lesotho [grades 6-12], which opened in1977 in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Lesotho Ministry of Education." "The school community is composed of more than 35 different nationalities." Maintains the Selibeng Art and Cultural Centre.  http://www.machcoll.co.ls/iexplore/home.htm
Maquila Solidarity Network
Articles on workers' rights issues at Lesotho textile factories which supply to Hudson Bay Company of Toronto, Canada. http://www.maquilasolidarity.org/

See also:
a BBC Report March 2002, "US trade 'exploits' Lesotho workers."
and
the Clean Clothes Campaign which has a report, in Adobe pdf, "The Workers Story: Labour Rights Violations at Hudson's Bay Supply Factories in Lesotho," a Clean Clothes Newsletter No. 14, July 2001 article, "Selling our People": Summary Report on Garment Production in Lesotho and other articles. Use the Search to locate articles. http://www.cleanclothes.org/
Masioanoke Gallery. The Visual Arts of Lesotho: Africa's Mountain Kingdom
Art gallery established by Graham Taylor (Creative Arts Department, Machabeng College, Maseru) to "provide a showcase and market for artists living and working in Lesotho."  Has painting, sculpture, weaving, drawing, crafts, biographies of the artists, an Art History of Lesotho and links to other African Art related sites. http://www.lesoff.co.za/artline/
Mohloli Chamber of Business
Has a Mohloli Business Guide (50 pages in PDF) and "Lesotho’s Global Competitiveness"; excerpts from The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 by Professor Klaus Schwab (2 pages in PDF). Estab. Dec. 2005. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. http://www.mohloli.org.ls/
Morija Online
Information on the Morija Museum and Archives, the Morija Arts and Cultural Festival, the Masitise Cave House (a restored museum), tourism in Lesotho. [KF] http://www.morijafest.com
Mountain Voices
A rich resource. "interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development." To access the interviews, one needs to register and fill out a questionnaire. Interviews from Lesotho, Kenya, Ethiopia, gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute. Topics discussed include agriculture, community, conflict, culture, development, economics, education, employment, environment, family life, festivals, food security, forestry, gender, health, history, identity, industry, crime, land, migration, politics, spiritual beliefs, tourism, etc. [KF] http://www.mountainvoices.org/
Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER)
Multi-year project to "enhance understanding of how new teachers acquire the skills needed to teach in different systems, and identify which professional learning experiences, (including practice), are most useful and valuable to new teachers." Project co-ordinated from the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex Institute of Education in partnership with universities in Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Trinidad. Has full text Discussion Papers and Research Reports (in MS Word and Adobe pdf) on Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/usie/muster/index.html
Municipal Services Project
"a multi-year research, policy and educational initiative examining the restructuring of municipal services in South(ern) Africa." "Research partners are the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Queen's University (Canada), the International Labour Resource and Information Group (Cape Town), the South African Municipal Workers Union, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees." Has the text of relevants Acts, Bills, White Papers, photographs, related web sites. http://www.queensu.ca/msp/

Full text of the Occasional Paper Series, Background Papers, and Services For All, the Project's newsletter are online. Background Paper topics include immigration and homelessness, Lesotho-Johannesburg Water Transfer.
National University of Lesotho (Roma)
Official page. Includes information for visting researchers. http://www.nul.ls/
See also its Institute of Southern African Studies which lists its publications.
http://www.nul.ls/institutes/isas.htm
National University of Lesotho Library
Has a staff directory, library news, etc.http://www.nul.ls/library/
On Lesotho
Informative (and entertaining) weblog about Lesotho from Rethabile MASILO who was born in Lesotho and lives in France. A Lesotho A to Z, a Sesotho page (with links to video/audio), links to related blogs. [KF] http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/sotho/
Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution - "Military Intervention in Lesotho" by Theo Neethling
Full text article (11 p.) on the 22 September 1998 Operation Boleas when 600 South African soldiers entered Lesotho. Dr. Neethling is with the Centre for Military Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Issue 2.2, May 1999. Published by Tabula Rasa Institute, Washington, D.C. http://www.trinstitute.org/ojpcr/2_2neethling.htm
Review of Southern African Studies (Roma, Lesotho)
Published by the Institute of Southern African Studies, National University of Lesotho, Roma, Lesotho. Has the tables of contents and abstracts of article. Photocopies of articles can be ordered; pay by check or money order through African Journals Online. AJOL is a not-for-profit company based in South Africa and managed in association with NISC (http://www.nisc.co.za/). http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?jid=134&tran=0&ab=0
SAIMMIG.CALS - Southern African Migration Discussion Group
Discussion email list started by Jonathan Klaaren, while at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, on legal and policy issues related to Southern African migration/immigration. To subscribe send email to: listproc@demiurge.wn.apc.org
In the message area put: subscribe saimmig.cals
Or send email to: jonathan.klaaren@yale.edu
Sechaba Consultants
Lesotho consulting company in socio-economic, rural development, and natural resources management, established 1989. Dr. David Ambrose is among their consultants. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. [KF] http://www.sechaba.co.ls/
Sesotho-Southern Sesotho
Page by Jako Olivier on the Sesotho language.
Sotho
Blog on anything about Lesotho, Sesotho and Basotho. http://basotho.wordpress.com/
South Africa. Ministry of Defence
Press releases, the Annual Report, the Minister's speeches, speeches of the Chief of the SA National Defence Force, the 1996 White Paper on Defence, the Code of Conduct in the 11 official languages. Includes the Southern African Development Community, Combined Task Force Boleas on the South African intervention in Lesotho. [KF] http://www.mil.za/
Southern African Migration Project
A research programme to facilitate the formulation of new policy initiatives on migration in Southern Africa and to promote awareness of the role/contributions of foreign immigrants of African origin in South Africa. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA. Partners include Queen's University (Canada) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA. Has the full text of some articles and reports. http://www.queensu.ca/samp/
Telcom Lesotho (Lesotho Telecommunications Corp.)
Phone, internet service provider. Online personal and business directory. "The Lesotho Telecommunications Corporation was privatized during 2000, resulting in the establishment of Telecom Lesotho in June 2000." http://www.telecom.co.ls/
Towards an Integrated Perspective on Land Degradation in the Mountains of Lesotho
A report on the inaugural meeting of the Lesotho Mountain Research Group held at Malealea Lodge, Lesotho 28-29 September 1996. Compiled by C.D. Morris & T. Quinlan, November 1996. On the site of the Mountain Forum which is concerned with mountain cultures, environment and sustainable development.  http://www2.mtnforum.org/mtnforum/archives/reportspubs/library/morrx96a.htm
Transformation Resource Centre - Facebook Site
Human rights NGO founded in 1979. Based in Maseru, Lesotho. [KF] http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transformation-Resource-Centre/101298139927662?v=wall
Travlang
Site has a lot of ads. Basic words, numbers, words for shopping/dining, travel, directions, places, time/dates in Sesotho. Audio files of words. Maintained by Michael C. Martin. http://www.travlang.com/languages/
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members - Lesotho
Provides a list of the President, Cabinet members, the Governor of the Central Bank, the country's Ambassador to the U.S., and its U.N. Representative. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/world-leaders-l/lesotho.html
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. World Factbook - Lesotho
Facts about geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communication, defense, etc. Has a map. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/lt.html

U.S. Department of State. Report on Human Rights Practices - Lesotho.
2012 Report, 2011 Report, 2010 Report, 2009 Report, 2008 Report, 2007 Report, 2006 Report, 2005 Report, 2004 Report, 2003 Report, 2002 Report, 2001 Report, 2000 Report, 1999 Report, 1998 Report, 1997 Report, 1996 Report, 1993-1995 Reports. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/hr/
United States. Embassy. Lesotho
Commercial opportunities in Lesotho, a brief history of Lesotho, the U.S. government's primary goals in Lesotho, the economy, travel tips, directory of useful addresses for business, government contacts, Ambassador's speeches, etc. [KF] http://maseru.usembassy.gov/
World Bank Internet Connectivity Projects
Reports on Bank computer networking projects in Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia. Use the SEARCH button to do a keyword search on Lesotho. http://www.worldbank.org/worldlinks/english/html/connectiv.html
Yellow Pages - Lesotho
Online business directory. From A.C. Braby, the well-known business directory publisher. http://www.yellowpages.co.ls/ or http://www.phonebook.co.ls/



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