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Compensation, Welfare and Development: One-off lump-sum and regular transfers in Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Research report

Written by Rachel Slater

Research report

Work at ODI, funded by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), is investigating the potential for cash transfers in a range of contexts. One component of this work focuses on the design of cash transfer programmes across development and humanitarian contexts and asks questions about what can be achieved delivering cash transfers as one-off lump sums on the one hand, and regular small cash payments on the other.

 This paper provides a comparable case study based on people‟s experiences of cash transfers paid as compensation following the construction of the Mohale and Katse Dams in Lesotho as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

Rachel Slater and Matseliso Mphale