I first went to Lesotho back in 1995 to do anthropological fieldwork looking into the social impacts of large scale development projects and mega dams on local people.

Interested in the impacts on the local from the global, I wrote a paper looking into the relationships between International Donor organisations and local Village Development Committees in the Highlands of Lesotho within the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which had been established some years before between the Governments of South Africa and Lesotho. Its aim was to harvest Lesotho’s white gold, water, and transport it to the industrial heartland of neighbouring South Africa. There had been much promise about the increased possibilities of employment for re-trenched miners returning from their work in South Africa, owing to a downturn in the viability of the market in precious metals and diamonds.