Volume 5, Number 2


Community involvement in an old age pension scheme: A case of selected areas in Lesotho
N. Sejanamane and M.S. Bayat

The study concerns the participation of community stakeholders in the delivery of old age pensions in selected areas in Lesotho. Owing to low investment in the administrative capacity of social pensions in Lesotho, the implementing agency had to rely on community agents in many respects for the distribution of the pensions. Community agents identified and selected prospective pensioners, verified information about social pensions’ applicants, helped in the delivery of cash transfer to them in some cases, collected data and addressed grievances. The study focused on how the community participation may have facilitated or constrained the delivery of the old age pensions. 

Keywords: Old age pension scheme; administrative capacity; implementing agency; proxy; pay points.