• The Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012: Sustaining Human Progress in a changing climate.

    Asia-Pacific not only has many of the world’s most climate-exposed territories, it is also home to millions of the most vulnerable people. The unprecedented pace and scale of human activities have been transforming the natural environment and contributing to climate change. This report argues that unlike the developed countries of today, in a time of climate change, growing first and cleaning up later is no longer an option.

  • Employment and Livelihoods

    This report constructs human development indicators for provinces across Lao PDR and identifies regional disparities in Human Development across the country. This fourth NHDR also focuses on how to promote employment and livelihoods in Lao PDR to overcome these disparities.

  • This Report examines the relationship between human development and international trade. It aims to widen the intellectual frontiers of human development from both global and local perspectives. The HDRs share the single goal of putting people back at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy and help to shape a clearer path towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • As this report demonstrates, the development situation in rural areas is significantly worse than in urban areas. This report focuses attention not only on action in the policy arena and development activities, but for reflection on our understanding of development processes and the impact of our actions as well.

  • UNDP in Lao PDR

    People are the real wealth of nations and UNDP works to help build better lives and to ensure that all people in Lao PDR benefit from national development. We support growth that creates more and better economic and social opportunities without harming the environment. We also promote peace, human rights and security as a critical element of development, in Lao PDR and 176 other countries and territories. Overall, we offer both global perspective and local insight.

  • Human Development Report 2014
  • Global Human Development Report 2015

    The UNDP's flagship report this year focuses on the changing world of work which presents great opportunities for some, but also profound challenges for others. The report argues that policies should embrace all types of work, including care, creative and voluntary work and that they should pay particular attention to sustainability.

  • Global Human Development Report 2016
  • The 5th National Human Development Report

    Human development (HD) is about the real freedom ordinary citizens have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live. HD is an integral part of fundamental human rights and the ultimate aim of sustainable and inclusive development. The 5th National Human Development Report (NHDR) examines different facets of underdevelopment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) that classify it as a Least Developed Country (LDC). To a great extent, the Human Asset criterion and its indicators used for LDC classification are the same as those that categorize a country’s level of HD. In the continuum of HD, LDC graduation is one of the early milestones a country has to reach. Improving HD is essential for smoothly moving out of LDC status. Therefore, the LDC graduation process has to be viewed from the perspective of HD.