The Prime Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro says National Information System for Social Assistance (NISSA) database will be used to categorize people by the level of vulnerability thus allowing the government to offer aid to people who need it during the emergency.
Dr Majoro said this when launching Urban Councils NISSA enumeration which took place in Maseru, on Thursday.
He said the enumeration will also help the government to know the total population in the country, saying this is done by going through the communities and registering all the households.
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the European Union (EU) and United International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for their continuous support since launch of NISSA in 2010.
Also speaking, the Minister of Social Development, Mrs. Matebatso Doti thanked the Prime Minister for launching NISSA for the urban councils noting that he was the first candidate to register with NISSA in the urban council.
The Acting Principal Secretary, Mrs. Mahlapane Makakola mentioned that to date, NISSA has held 331,000 household data from 64 community councils.
Mrs Makakola further said data will now be collected from 12 urban councils including Maseru City Council.
NISSA is a registry project that was identified by the Ministry of Social Development with the aim to increase the efficiency and coverage of social protection programmes to improve the institutional coordination and consolidate social assistance programmes.
It adopted census approach where each household is classified into four social groups, namely; the poorest, poor, middle class and wealthy, thus to unsure that eligible families benefit from programmes such as child grant funds.
NISSA is a Social Development initiative that was launched in 2010 with the support of EU and UNICEF, offering financial aid while UNICEF offers technical support.
By Staff Reporter: Noliwe Velaphe