Our Projects

UNDP projects are designed in consultation with national stakeholders and contribute directly to the Government's 5-year National Socio-Economic Development Plans, to the UNDP Country Programme and the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF). Projects are aligned to one or more of the following programme areas: poverty reduction, democratic governance, environment and energy, crisis prevention and recovery. All UNDP projects are nationally executed under the signed country programme, and are implemented in partnership with national partners.

Poverty Reduction

Vocational training school in Vientiane. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR
  • Saemaul Initiative Towards Sustainable and Inclusive New Communities

    Rising inequalities in Lao PDR are a major development challenge that must be addressed if the country is to achieve the level of sustainable and equitable development needed to lift out of poverty. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of over 5,000 men and women through inclusive, community-led and local development.

  • Brand Lao

    This project aims at identifying potential profitable Lao products to be exported to the international market. The ultimate objective will be to substantially raise income for producers, farmers and service providers involved at every stage of the value chains operated by those who join the scheme, benefiting directly from the export.

Democratic Governance

Service with a smile at the One Door Service Centre in Sekong town. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Philippe Pernet
  • 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.

  • 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.

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

UXO Lao destroy unexploded cluster munitions in a controlled explosion in Xieng Khouang Province. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Laophoto

Environment and Energy

Photo: UNDP Lao PDR
  • Sustainable Forest and Land Management in the Dry Dipterocarp Forest Ecosystems of Southern Lao PDR

    Dipterocarps are a tree species prevalent in South East Asia, valuable for their resin and timber. However, these dry dipterocarp forests, and the species within them, are under pressure, as large areas have been converted into farmland to plant cash crops, and due to activities such as logging, hunting and harvesting of non-timber forest products, all of which is contributing to the degradation of this environment.

  • Intended Nationally Determined Contributions – INDC

    The project will implement measures that help mitigate Lao’s contribution to climate change, translate challenges into adaptation initiatives to the new environment and both, in an ambitious but fair manner.

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