Projects in Democratic Governance

Former UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Sonam Yangchen Rana, signs the MDG Compact alongside Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Afffairs, at the 2010 Round Table High-Level Meeting. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Laophoto
  • Community Participation and Communication Support Programme

    This project will help scale up community media, promote gender equality and enhance a positive and non discriminatory portrayal of women. A large part of the Lao population, particularly in remote areas, has poor access to information, communication systems and public services that are relevant to help people take informed decisions about their lives.

  • Civil Society Support Programme

    The project aims to enable the government, not-for-profit associations (NPAs), INGOs, communities and development partners to become partners, share knowledge and deliver services in the public interest towards poverty reduction.

  • National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme Secretariat Support Project

    The objective of this government-led programme is to strengthen the capacity of public administration to deliver efficient, effective and accountable services to citizens.

  • Strengthening Capacity and Service Delivery of Local Administrations

    The overall objective of this joint programme is to ensure increased capacity in local administrations, leading to better delivery of services which will improve the lives of the poor, especially in rural areas of Lao PDR.

  • Support Project for Implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan

    The Legal Sector Master Plan (LSMP) aims to strengthen the rule of law in Lao PDR. This is seen as crucial for the country to achieve the proposed Millennium Development Goals and graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020. The "Master Plan for Law Development to 2020,” officially adopted by the government of Lao PDR on 11 September 2009, lays out a comprehensive sectoral reform agenda to support the country on its way of becoming a state fully governed by the rule of law.

  • National Assembly Strategic Support Project

    The Project will strengthen the NA as an accountable, inclusive and responsive institution. It will also enhance trust in State-society relations, and promote inclusive political processes with a focus on women, youth, and disadvantaged groups. The foundation of this Project is on a solid understanding of the Lao PDR’s context after years of support to the NA by UNDP that can now be fast-tracked to support national policy and planning for inclusive development.


UNDP promotes effective, open decision making to improve governance in Lao PDR, supporting the Government’s strategic plan for effective governance through 2020. This is central to consolidating the impressive national development progress already achieved in many areas and ensuring that growth benefits all people in the country and does not harm the environment.

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UN Resident Coordinator Annual Report for 2012
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