Accelerating Progress Toward the MDGs
The Lao PDR’s new National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) for 2011-15 provides a major opportunity to make even greater progress towards achieving the MDGs by 2015. This would in turn substantially advance the country towards its other long-standing goal of graduation from Least Developed Country status by 2020.
Since the MDG Summit, which took place in September 2010, Lao PDR is one of the ten countries who began to pilot the MDG Acceleration Framework with the support of the UN System. Although the Lao PDR has experienced remarkable advances in some areas, like poverty reduction and education, the country is seen as unlikely to achieve all the MDGs by 2015.
This Framework, focused on six key areas, recognizes that there is a need for a new accelerated approach to reducing poverty and attaining the MDG targets. It should help the government to accelerate and scale up its initiatives. Preconditions to development are highlighted, such as reaching underserved communities. The report gives clear recommendations but also calls for a highly intensive programme of downstream activities that can be implemented by local administrations.