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Land regularization of Lesotho - the land of the people

Photo: Maria Matkowska, COWI
As part of modernisation of Lesotho, the population of Lesotho will in near future gain property rights to their own land. COWI has won a land regularization project in joint venture with the Swedish company, ORGUT Consulting. The project is financed by the Millenium Challenge Cooperation, which has set a frame for finanzing this land regularization project with the aim to reduce poverty in Lesotho through stimulating economic growth.

The Millenium Challenge Cooperation has formed a compact, which is an agreement between the Government of Lesotho and the USA. The main objective of this compact is to reduce the poverty in Lesotho through stimulating economic growth.

The Kingdom of LesothoLesotho is a landlocked country surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. The country is about 30,000   square kilometres in size with a population of approximately 2 millions and about 40 % of the population live below the internatioanl powerty line. The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sesotho.

46,000 parcels in and near the city of MaseruThe land regularization project will be implemented in the urban and peri-urban areas of the capital city Maseru. The main objective of this project is to strengthen the rights of the legitimate occupiers of the land by a process of formalising those rights.

By use of digital orthophotos, COWI and ORGUT Consulting will register the formal owners of 46,000 parcels by contacting the owners and ask them to identify their property. In order to create awareness of this registration process, a public campaign will be conducted.  The formal owners will eventually receive a deed of their property and the ownership will be recorded in Lesotho's existing land information system.

Formalizing the property rights of the land ownersWith the formalization process of the rights to land, Lesotho will have the fundamental for economic growth.  An updated register of real property rights will enable the land settlements to be traded more easily, e.g. by sale, mortgage or rent.
The project will also improve the quality of existing information about land rights and will implement the 2010 legislation and supporting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to bring about the effective regularisation of 46,000 urban/peri-urban plots.

LAST UPDATED: 21.06.2017