Laotian National to Raise Olympic Torch for WFP

June 25, 2012

VIENTIANE – WFP staff member Vadsana Sinthavong has been selected to represent the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at the Olympic Torch Relay for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Rio+20: A Future That Lao PDR Needs

Rio+20: A Future That Lao PDR Needs

June 13, 2012

By Minh H. Pham

It was both a hopeful and a sobering visit we had recently to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), an innovative local organization in Vientiane that provides rehabilitation services to survivors of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).

Setting the Path Toward Graduation from Least Developed Country Status

May 16, 2012

VIENTIANE – The first steps in developing a strategy for the country's graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by 2020 have been taken at a two-day workshop, 16 and 17 May.

‘Tell Me Why’: A Lesson for LDC Graduation

May 15, 2012

By Minh H. Pham

When my son was younger, I used to happily tease him by singing an old song: “Tell me why life is beautiful.” Yet when I meet the 8-year-old daughter of a Lao acquaintance these days, this refrain turns very melancholy: this girl’s family is struggling, for many reasons. The mother has had motorcycle accidents during her morning commute because of her rapidly deteriorating vision; she has been told she needs immediate surgery.  But as the sole support of her two children, she cannot afford to stop working.

Press Highlight Challenges on World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2012

The lack of protection, limited journalism training and uncertainty about media laws make it difficult for the press to accurately portray issues affecting the Lao people.

United States Underlines Strong Support for Nutrition and School Meals Programme in Lao PDR

April 30, 2012

VIENTIANE – A delegation of representatives from the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has completed a three-day visit to Saravane Province where they observed activities under WFP’s School Meals programme.

Cuban Sugar Sweetens Education for Children Throughout Laos

April 19, 2012

VIENTIANE – More than 150,000 pre-primary and primary school students will get a boost of energy every day to help them concentrate better on their studies, thanks to a contribution from Cuba of more than 180 metric tons of sugar to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which was made possible by the generosity of a private Japanese donor.

Feeding The Future Nutrition Education Spreads Best Practice Throughout Lao PDR

February 22, 2012

VIENTIANE – The fight against malnutrition in Lao PDR has taken a significant step forward with the roll out of a new nutrition training course to boost the number of professionals equipped with key knowledge and skills, and enable them to pass these on to their peers.

From Aid Effectiveness to Development Effectiveness

November 30, 2011

By Minh H. Pham

Traditionally, the way in which international organizations deliver development aid has mattered as much as the quantity of aid. If we do it right, we increase the probability of sustainable, high-quality development results that achieve maximum impact: We improve lives, reduce poverty, and benefit all the people, even the poorest and most vulnerable.

Making a ‘Down Payment’ on Development for All

October 5, 2011

By Minh H. Pham

Last week, in one of the poorest, least developed and most remote regions of Lao PDR, the Government and the international development community met to examine practical opportunities and challenges at the provincial level with regard to the national development process. Amid the beautiful green hills of Xekong Province, we had what I call an “equity reality check.”

After the flood

Vientiane, 24 December 2018

In this photo story, we take you around Khammouane Province whose inhabitants were among the victims of this year's devastating floods around Lao PDR. While several UN agencies are working in the province to help the victims get back on their feet, in the months after the floods, the people of Khammouane took an impressive head start to recovery by helping each other. 

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The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation commends Lao PDR’s partnership mechanisms for more effective development co-operation.

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