• 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.

  • The 8th Five-Year National Socio-economic Development Plan (2016–2020)

    The 8th Five-Year National Socio-economic Development Plan (2016–2020) “8th NSEDP” is a mean to implement the resolutions of the 10th Party Conference that also emphasizes the areas from the previous plan implementation that still need to be achieved. The Plan also reflects the Socio-economic Development Strategy until 2025 and Vision 2030 with an aim to build a new foundation for graduating from LDC status by 2020 to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030. Therefore, the 8th NSEDP is an important tool central to the assurance of the national defence and development of the party’s new directions.

  • Development Finance for the 8th NSEDP and SDGs in Lao PDR

    The aim of the report is to provide an overall picture of the development financing context in Lao PDR, identify potential areas of alternative financing and partnerships, and provide insights into the types of policies and institutional arrangements which will be required to manage the full scope of development finance needed for achieving the goals set out in the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

  • National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy

    The NGPES is the framework under which the government plans to develop and implement his initiatives to end poverty and sustain national growth. It focuses on eradicating poverty in Lao PDR by 2020, particularly in rural areas.

  • The Lao Development Journey toward Graduation from LDC Status

    This pamphlet provides a brief guide on everything you need to know about Lao PDR's aim of exiting the Least Developed Country (LDC) list by 2020. This includes the three criteria required to graduate from LDC status; Gross National Income per capita; The Human Assets Index; and The Economic Vulnerability Index.