Source(s) of financing ADF: 7500000 Government: 1060000
Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The broad project objective is to foster good governance through the use of ICT. Specifically, the project will improve the country's public service delivery through the establishment of a modern core e-Government infrastructure and services. Further, it aims at strengthening access to government shared services, including data centres and portals, and facilitation of access to e-Applications for government such as automated administrative services including e-payroll, civil registration, e-health, e-procurement, e-customs and revenue management.
The Lesotho eGovernment project will facilitate realisation of the country's vision of stable democracy through improved governance. This is expected to be achieved through strengthening the public service which was identified as one of the key challenges under governance pillar in the country's vision 2020. The project will also exploit economies of scale by scaling up delivery of public services while strengthening institutional linkages between and among the tiered government structures and enhance awareness and build the skills base of citizens in e-applications such as mobile financial services so supporting sustainable development goals.
The Lesotho eGovernment project is in line with the current CSP 2013-2016 focus on two pillars: (i) infrastructure development; and, (ii) institutional capacity building aimed at improving governance and accountability. The project will help realise the country's vision 2020 of stable democracy through improved governance; help address those governmental institutional capacity challenges, identified during the last CSP (2009-2012), addressable by ICT; exploit economies of scale by scaling up delivery of public services while strengthening institutional linkages between and among the tiered government structures and enhance awareness and build the skills base of citizens in e-applications such as mobile financial services in supporting sustainable development goals. Within the Bank Group, the project is in line with the Bank's Strategy (2013 - 2022 with infrastructure focus, ICT Operations Strategy (2012 - 2014) and the Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP-2011-15) for Southern Africa under Pillars 1 on Regional Infrastructure. Lastly, the project's Economic Rate of Returns (EIRR) of 29.2% is well above the economic opportunity cost of capital set at 12% real, thus providing a strong economic justification for the project.