The wisdom of crowds: Asking the citizens in Lao PDR

Vientiane, 24 February 2016

Enough money, enough food, enough jobs, safety, and justice: The new global development agenda is about dignity respect for all the world's people. 

What could be better, then, than making sure those people have a meaningful voice in planning their own future? In Lao PDR, we are actively and creatively engaging citizens in analysing their own issues and crafting their own solutions.

A common vision to achieve sustainable development results

2015 was a special year for Lao PDR: the country marked a number of anniversaries, the new 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020 with its overall objective of graduation from Least Developed Country status, and the MDG-SDG transition.

The UN country team took advantage of the moment to reinvigorate advocacy for increased citizens' engagement, particularly as we have embarked on the development of a new support strategy, a.k.a. Lao PDR – UN Partnership Framework (UNPF) 2017-2021.

This strategy will not only serve as a common basis and vision for sustainable UN agency interventions, but also demonstrate the importance and power of broad participation for sustainable development results.

Click here to read the full article on Silo Fighters - A blog for the UN Development Group.

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