Millennium Challenge Corporation Visits Lesotho to Discuss New Compact Development

From February 12 – 14, 2018, a delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) , comprised of Kyeh Kim, Principal Deputy Vice President, Africa ; Tom Kelly, Acting Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation; and Jason Small, Managing Director, Africa, visited Lesotho to discuss the development of an MCC compact to reduce poverty and promote economic growth in partnership with the Government of ...
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MCC Board Votes to Reselect Lesotho

On December 19, the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) met in Washington, DC.  Following the meeting, Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash spoke to Prime Minister Thabane to advise him of the Board’s decision to reselect Lesotho, after a two-year hiatus.  The Board recognized the concrete steps taken by the Government of Lesotho over ...
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Peace Corps swears in 54 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Chargé d’Affairés Daniel S. Katz swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village in Maseru. The Peace Corps is the U.S. government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build the skill capacity among host country nationals, ...
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Ambassador Harrington inaugurates New LNC Headquarters

At as ceremony held in Maseru, Thursday, September 14, Ambassador Matthew Harrington together with the Seputy Minister of Health ‘Manthabiseng Phohleli officially opened the new Lesotho Nursing Council Headquarters in Maseru, where they also launched the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision/Early Infant Medical Circumcision (VMMC/EIMC) task-sharing for nurses and midwives. In an effort to strengthen the ...
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National Survey Shows Lesotho’s Remarkable Progress toward HIV Epidemic Control

On Thursday, September 21, the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane will announce the results of the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) survey at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.  LePHIA was conducted from November 2016 to May 2017 in order to measure the reach and impact ...
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New Molecular Diagnostic Lab Launched in Hlotse

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and the Minister of Health Mr. Kaya Nyapane officially launched the $180,000 refurbished Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Motebang Hospital in Leribe, September 12, 2017. This lab will help provide viral load monitoring for people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and early diagnosis of infants exposed to HIV. This will contribute to the ...
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$140,000 Awarded to Basotho Organizations To Fight HIV/AIDS

Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded ten local organizations with grants totaling $140,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event in Maseru, August 15, 2017. These small grants are funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and support community-initiated projects that aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities throughout Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups use these funds for income-generation projects and community-based HIV/AIDS health ...
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Ambassador Harrington Inaugurates New Primary School Classrooms in Thaba-Tseka

Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington inaugurated a block of two classrooms at Ranthoto Primary School in Thaba-Tseka District on June 5, 2017. The classrooms were constructed with a grant of $8,318 (approximately M115,500) from  the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and will provide additional instructional space for approximately 200 students. At the inauguration, Ambassador Harrington said, “The substantial U.S. support ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Workshop for 40 Journalists on the Media’s Role in Peaceful Elections

Underscoring the U.S. government’s support for free and fair elections in Lesotho, the U.S. Embassy hosted a three-day workshop for journalists focusing on the crucial role the media play in ensuring elections are peaceful and credible. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Commissioner Makase Nyaphisi of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) opened the workshop for 40 ...
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MCC Representatives Visit Lesotho

Christopher Maloney, Managing Director of Selection and Eligibility and Jason Small, Managing Director for Operations in Africa at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), visited Lesotho February 26-28, 2017. During their visit they met with government representatives, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, as well as representatives of the opposition, the diplomatic community, and civil society. This ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates World TB Day

In commemoration of World TB Day 2017, Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Pelletreau, together with officials from the Ministry of Health, attended the Lesotho premier of TheLucky Specials, a feature film designed to both entertain audiences and to educate them about tuberculosis (TB). The film was created with the support of the United States Government ...
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U.S. Hands Over State-of-the-Art TB Clinic at Army Facility

United States Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington officially handed over at Makoanyane Barracks a newly-constructed health clinic dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB). This $1.4 million state-of-the-art facility will help the Lesotho Defense Force provide high quality TB services to uniformed personnel and their families as an element of the longstanding support given by the ...
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United States Provides $14.1 million in Drought Relief

on February 13, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington visited the community of Ha-Ntsoakele in Leribe District to highlight the more than $14.1 million (M185 million) in U.S. Government drought relief assistance to Lesotho.  During his visit, Ambassador Harrington met with community members working together to improve sustainable agriculture by combating soil erosion who also ...
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Ambassador Harrington Visits Drought relief Site

Ambassador Matthew Harrington visited a site where food commodities were being donated through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to respond to the drought experienced by Lesotho in 2015. The country went thought one of the worst dry spells in many years leading to Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili declaring a state of emergency, ...
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U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 57 New Volunteers

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government agency that sends Americans to developing countries to help build their skills capacity and form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy ...
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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florie Liser visited Lesotho November 9-10, 2016 to recognize 50 years of bilateral partnership.  During her visit she met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane and Minister of Trade and Industry Joshua Setipa, with whom she discussed the longstanding bilateral partnership, Lesotho’s success to date under the African ...
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U.S. Supports Lesotho HIV Impact Survey

In a ceremony held at the Pitso ground in Maseru, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington joined Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso and the Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane to launch the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) Survey. This survey will measure the reach and impact of the country’s HIV prevention, care and treatment ...
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Senior U.S. Official Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Lesotho November 1-2, 2016 to recognize 50 years of bilateral partnership.  During her visit she met with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, with whom she discussed the current political environment, continuing concerns over the rule of law in Lesotho, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Lesotho National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 50th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States deeply values its friendship with Lesotho. Together, our two nations have worked hard to promote economic progress, strengthen democratic institutions, and turn the tide in the ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Is Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Fellowships

The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of the application period for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications will be accepted online through October 26, 2016.  The application is internet based and available at yali.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and ...
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Award-Winning U.S. Singer/Songwriter Visits Lesotho to Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host award-winning American singer/songwriter Maya Azucena and her band from September 19-24 to help celebrate 50 years of partnership between United States and Lesotho. During their visit to the Mountain Kingdom they will collaborate with local musical artists, conduct master classes for singers and musicians, and perform ...
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U.S. Supports Viral Load Testing in Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, and Quthing

In a ceremony held at the Mafeteng Government Hospital, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Minister of Health Dr. Molotsi Monyamane launched the new Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory that will provide viral load monitoring of people on antiretroviral treatment and early diagnosis of HIV exposed infants. The newly-established laboratory will support the three southern districts of Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing increasing ...
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U.S. HIV/AIDS Activist Visits Lesotho with a Message of Openness and Hope

The U.S Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host American HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent in Lesotho from September 6-10, 2016. During her visit to the Mountain Kingdom, Ms. Broadbent will meet with a wide variety of Basotho including HIV/AIDS activists, legal advocates, Ministry of Health representatives, and young people. The Embassy is pleased to partner on Ms. ...
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United States Concerned Over Escalating Press Intimidation in Lesotho

Press Statement Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC The United States is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the July 9 shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor Lloyd Mutungamiri. Journalists in Lesotho have expressed concern for their safety in the current climate of harassment and intimidation. We ...
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Fifteen Basotho Young African Leaders Head to the U.S.

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington introduced this year’s fifteen participants from Lesotho for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. These fifteen Basotho young leaders will leave next week for six weeks of intensive leadership training, networking, and skills building at different universities across the United States. At the end of the ...
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Senior U.S. Official Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy Todd Haskell visited Lesotho June 7-9, 2016. During his visit he met with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, with whom he discussed the current political environment, the SADC Commission of Inquiry recommendations, and the annual eligibility review for ...
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State-of-the-Art American Corner Opens at the State Library

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington, visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy Todd Haskell, and Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture Likeleli Tampane officially launched the newly renovated, state-of-the-art American Corner. As part of the United States’ commitment to support the people of Lesotho and to promote mutual understanding between our ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards $142,000 to Basotho Community Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded eight local organizations with grants totaling $142,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru. These small grants are funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and support community-initiated projects that aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities throughout Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups ...
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U.S. Supports New Information System to Improve Blood Safety in Lesotho

In a ceremony held at the Lesotho Blood Transfusion Services, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington launched the new Blood Safety Information System.  The system is designed to track information from the point of blood donation, through laboratory testing, processing, storage, and distribution, to use at local hospitals and other health facilities.  It strengthens the capacity of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Awards the 2016 Woman of Courage

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington had the honor of presenting Sister Juliana Manele of the St. Camillus Centre in Mohale’s Hoek with the 2016 Woman of Courage Award for Lesotho.  Sister Juliana received this award in recognition of her exceptional courage and leadership in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho.  Since 2002, ...
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U.S. and Lesotho Sign Peace Corps Country Agreement

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane signed an updated Peace Corps Country Agreement, replacing the previous agreement which had governed the presence of Peace Corps in Lesotho since 1967.  Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps in Lesotho. Many lives, both Basotho and American, have been ...
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U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates New Secondary School Classrooms in Butha Buthe

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington and Minister of Education Mahali Phamotse inaugurated a block of two classrooms at Motete Secondary School in Butha Buthe District.   The classrooms were constructed with a grant of $7,440 (approximately M84, 800) from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and will provide additional instructional space for approximately 180 students. ...
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U.S. Provides Drought Relief to Hardest Hit Areas

The United States Government will provide $50,000 (approximately M768,000) to improve access to safe drinking water and provide hygiene education in two of the districts hardest hit by the ongoing drought, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek. The donation comes in response to a State of Emergency declared by the Government of Lesotho requesting international support. These ...
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MCC Representative Visits Lesotho

Beth Tritter, Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), visited Lesotho January 20-22, 2016. During her visit Ms. Tritter met with government representatives, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, as well as representatives of the opposition, the diplomatic community, civil society, ...
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MCC Board Selects Five Countries for MCC Partnerships

Renee Kelly 202-521-3880 New Compacts with Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and Senegal, and New Threshold Programs with Sri Lanka and Togo Washington, D.C., United States… The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Dec. 16, 2015. The Board approved three countries as eligible for compacts and two countries as eligible for threshold programs. ...
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U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 36 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, United States Ambassador, His Excellency Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build capacity among host country nationals, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States ...
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U.S. Expert Visits Lesotho to Empower Basotho Women Leaders

American expert on women’s leadership and political participation, Jessica Grounds, visited Lesotho from December 7-10, 2015. During her visit she met with Basotho women from government, business, and health to empower them as leaders and to encourage more women to run for elected office. She spoke to women and conducted workshops in Maseru, Mafeteng, and ...
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Global HIV/AIDS Director Visits Lesotho

Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited Lesotho on December 2 and 3, 2015. On this her first visit to Lesotho, Dr. Hader met with government representatives, including Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane, and local and international stakeholders. This visit ...
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Visiting U.S. Journalist Helps Build Capacity of Lesotho Media

Underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to press freedom and its vital role in a democracy, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho to bring award-winning U.S. journalist Lucinda Fleeson to Lesotho for a week of trainings, lectures, and discussions with Basotho media practitioners. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and ...
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Lesotho National Day Message

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 49th anniversary of your independence. Over the years Lesotho has made strides in letting the voices of its people be heard through the democratic process. The United States and Lesotho ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Is Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Fellowships

The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications are open and available online through November 11, 2015 at yali.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future ...
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U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 23 New Volunteers

Today United States Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington swore-in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government agency which sends Americans to developing countries to help build their skills capacity, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John ...
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United States Concerned Over the Killing of Lesotho’s Former Army Commander

Press Statement John Kirby, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States is deeply concerned about the fatal shooting on June 25 of former Lesotho Defense Force Commander Maaparankoe Mahao and conveys our heartfelt condolences to his family. We urge the Government of Lesotho to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of Brigadier Mahao’s death and ...
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U.S. Embassy to Award Grants to Lesotho Schools and Training Centre

Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington today awarded to seven schools in Lesotho grants worth a total of $54,000 (approximately M655,000) at a signing ceremony at his residence. The grants are part of the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund which supports projects in Lesotho that improve the basic economic and social conditions of their communities. These grants are awarded once each year ...
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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Visits Lesotho

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Gail Strickler visited Lesotho on June 16 to highlight the successful partnership between the United States and Lesotho under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and to see first-hand the impact of U.S. programs that support the textile industry and the overall economic development of the Kingdom.  During ...
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Five Basotho Young African Leaders Are Headed to the U.S.

Today Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington introduced this year’s five participants from Lesotho for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. These five Basotho young leaders will leave next week for six weeks of intensive leadership training, networking, and skills building at different universities across the United States.  At the end of the six ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State on Concerns about Security Sector Reform in Lesotho

Statement by Jeff Rathke, Director, Office of Press Relations  U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson The United States is concerned that no one has been held accountable for the August 2014 political unrest and violence between the military and police, yet the Government of Lesotho has reinstated one of the most polarizing figures ...
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United States Government Funds New Medical Male Circumcision Project for Lesotho

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington launched a new medical male circumcision project for Lesotho under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Through PEPFAR, the United States government has provided more than $225 million in bilateral support to help Lesotho combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The United States is a committed partner to Lesotho ...
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U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates New Primary School Classroom in Mohale’s Hoek

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington inaugurated a new classroom building at Fika-La-Ts’oene Primary School in Mohale’s Hoek District constructed with the support of the American people through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. Fika-La-Ts’oene Primary School’s project was one of eight projects selected this year from over 100 applications to receive a grant from ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards $150,000 to Basotho Community Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Matt Harrington awarded 11 local organizations with grants worth a total of $150,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru. Funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the PEPFAR Small Grants Program supports community-initiated projects which aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities in Lesotho affected ...
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U.S. Embassy and UNDP Join Forces to Support IEC Voter Education Efforts

On January 22, U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington and United Nations Resident Coordinator Karla Robin Hershey visited a training-of-trainers workshop for IEC polling staff at Molengoane Lodge in Nazareth. This workshop is part of a series of training activities focused on voter education that are being jointly sponsored by the U.S. Government and UNDP. The ...
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Peace Corps Education Program Swearing In Ceremony

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps volunteers.  The Peace Corps is a  volunteer organization, funded by the U.S. Government, that sends Americans to developing countries to help build skills capacity among host country nationals and form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace ...
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Lesotho Re-Selected by MCC to Continue Developing Second Compact

The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States government foreign aid agency, met in Washington, DC on December 10 and voted to reselect Lesotho to continue developing its second Compact. The MCC Board’s decision to re-select Lesotho was based on the country’s strong performance on the MCC scorecard, on which ...
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Joint Statment from the United Nations, European Union, and United States Missions in Lesotho on the Signing of the Electoral Pledge

The United Nations, European Union, and United States Missions in Lesotho Welcome the Signing of the Electoral Pledge and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security Cooperation The United Nations, the European Union, and the United States diplomatic missions in Lesotho welcome the signing of the Lesotho Electoral Pledge and of the Memorandum of Understanding between ...
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National Enquiry Point (NEP) Launched for Lesotho

In November 2014, the formal opening of the Lesothos’s first National Enquiry Point (NEP) took place. Under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement, member nations develop enquiry points to strengthen their legal and regulatory framework for standards in order to increase trade. Over the last 14 months, the USAID Southern ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Shannon Smith visited Lesotho from November 1-3, 2014 to highlight the strong partnership between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Lesotho. During her visit she met with government officials, including the Prime Minister, Minister of Health, and acting Foreign Minister with whom she discussed the current ...
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New U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Matthew T. Harrington, presented his credentials to King Letsie III at the royal palace today. Ambassador Harrington is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He was nominated by President Obama as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho in August 2013. He was confirmed by the U.S. ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Fellowships

U.S. Embassy Maseru announces the opening of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications will be available online from October 7, 2014 to November 5, 2014 at youngafricanleaders.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest ...
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