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Title:Lesotho Highlands Development Authority and its compensation policy: a case study of resettled households at Ha Matala, Maseru
Authors:Tanga, Pius TangweISNI
Ramakhula, MatebohaISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Southern Africa
Economic development projects
Land settlement
Forced migration
Compensation (Law)
Abstract:According to the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority's policy, those adversely affected by the Lesotho Highlands Water Project should be compensated so that their standard of living is maintained at a level not inferior to that pertaining prior to the implementation of the project. Compensation takes the form of direct compensation for direct losses and development as a long-term measure to enable those affected to move from subsistence farming to new income generation concepts. The present study examined how LHDA compensation policy was implemented in the case of households displaced from their original environment at Katse and Mohale dams and resettled at Ha Matala, Maseru, in 1998. In particular, it determined the level of participation on the part of the households affected in the management of the compensation policy; examined the factors that impinged on the successful management of the compensation policy; determined the level of training provided to the households before and after relocation; and investigated the nature of the relationship between the persons affected and the LHDA's compensation management committees. It concludes that while no amount of money can actually compensate and create meaningful resettlement, the haphazard, inefficient and unprofessional way in which LHDA compensation policy was implemented has not helped. It makes recommendations to alleviate the sufferings of the affected households and strengthen LHDA compensation policy. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]