Supporting Safe and Inclusive Work Environments in Lesotho

Project Duration
November 2023
May 2028
Funding and Year

This project aims to improve occupational safety and health and counter discrimination and gender-based violence and harassment in the informal economy, public service and hazardous sectors.

The Problem

In Lesotho, the Ministry of Labor reported it had nine Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) inspectors responsible for conducting inspections throughout the country. Employers reportedly exploit the government’s lack of resources and inability to conduct inspections and prosecute violations. Lesotho is committed to promoting continuous improvement of occupational safety and health, which includes efforts to counter discrimination and protect workers from gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH).

Our Strategy

To promote OSH and counter discrimination and GBVH in the world of work, the project will:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of government institutions to monitor and enforce compliance with OSH and antidiscrimination and counter GBVH through targeted and tailored assistance;
  2. Improve government collaboration with local, national, and regional stakeholders to develop and implement policies, procedures, and services to promote OSH and counter discrimination and GBVH; and
  3. Equip trade unions and employers’ associations with the knowledge and tools needed to promote and advocate for a safe working environment.