Community Participation and Communication Support Programme

What is the project about?

Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Eeva Nyyssonen

In partnership with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the Community Participation and Communication Support Programme (CPCSP) will strengthen the wider civil society in Lao PDR through supporting community organizations. The project will help to 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.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Six radio stations are broadcasting in in eight different ethnic languages, reaching more than 200,000 people across Xieng Khuang, Sekong and Oudomxai provinces. Two new Community Radios in Saravane (Lakhonepheng district) and in Saiyabouli (Khop district) will be launched by the end of 2015.     
  • Training sessions on Monitoring and Evaluation were organized for Community Radio volunteers at four radio stations, as well as a Training of Trainers on Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Radios for 30 participants (11 female & 19 males) from six Community Radio Stations.
  • The project also organized a training for local journalists and Community Radio volunteers on reporting on Millenium Development Goals. 
  • Our community radio project received the first prize in the “Excellence on Knowledge Sharing” category at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific 2011 Director Awards in Delhi.

Who finances it?

United Nations Development Programme

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2014: US$ 578,739
Project Overview
Project Start Date
February 2011
Project End Date
December 2015
Geographic Coverage
Xieng Khuang Province, Sekong Province, Oudomxay Province, Saiyabouli Province, Saravane Provinde
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Project Officer
Mr. Vilaykham Lasasimma
Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Departments of Information, Culture and Tourism in the provinces