In its 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the 11th NGO
Week in December 2010, the Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN)
resolved to strengthen ties with various stakeholders in
order to improve civic engagement, accountability and
effective governance. These include improving linkages
between secretariat and member NGOs and strengthening
partnerships with relevant government ministries and
development partners. This is done to advance debate,
engagement and monitoring of national policy issues.
On this annual event that was held in marking 20 years since
LCN’s establishment, members further sought to demand
statutory bodies and state organs’ accountability,
responsiveness and transparency such as establishment of
Human Rights Commission and National Planning Board as
provided for by the Constitution.
The AGM and NGO Week are two of the major events in the LCN
calendar as it is at this time (end of year) that the NGO
community annually converge to reflect and discuss some of
the major issues forming the national agenda as emanating
from national programmes and policy papers such as National
Vision 2020, APRM and Poverty Reduction Strategy (PSRP).
Apart from deliberating on topical issues such as ‘improved
food security and poverty eradication, challenges of the
economic development in the wake of a dwindling resources,
promoting a responsive education system, human rights in
times of HIV/AIDS and building stable democracy and good
governance emanating from the programme the AGM produced a
new board that will oversee and supervise the strategic
vision of the organization for the next two years
Elections of the board included filling up the positions of
the President, deputy president, treasurer and the six
The membership and sectoral engagement of LCN is clustered
into 6 sector commissions based on mandates and programmatic
orientation of members. The purpose of the commissions is to
cluster organisations with a similar mandate together to
facilitate programming and coordination.
Following are the new board members:
President: Mr. Lira Theko
Deputy President: Mr. Molefi Mafanti
Treasurer: Ms. Thusoana Ntlama
Health and Social Development Commissioner: Mr.
Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief Commissioner:
Ms. Matseko Thulo
Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources
Commissioner: Mr. Sechaba Mokhameleli
Economic Justice Commissioner: Mr. Daniel Maraisane
Women and Children Commissioner: Mrs. ‘Masenate
Democracy and Human Rights Commissioner: Mr.
The Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN)
is an umbrella organization for NGOs in Lesotho. It was
established in May 1990 with an objective of providing
supportive services to the NGO Community. The Council
implements this through networking and leadership training
and development, information dissemination, capacity
building, coordination, advocacy and representation when
dealing with the government and the international community.