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.

  • Strengthening the Round Table Process for the achievement of the 8th NSEDP/SDGs

    The main objective of this project is to further strengthen the capacity of the government to lead the effective mobilisation and coordination of Official Development Assistance towards achieving the goals set within the National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

Democratic Governance

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

  • Community Radio

    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.

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
  • Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change

    Lao PDR has a predominantly agricultural economy with 80 per cent of people involved in some form of activity related to agriculture. However, people often face food insecurity, with over 30 per cent of the population experiencing seasonal shortfalls in rice, the staple crop. This insecurity is a significant dimension of poverty and vulnerability in Lao PDR. This project worked to address food insecurities in two natural disaster prone provinces.

  • Poverty Environment Initiative: Phase II

    Since 2001, the Government of Lao PDR has relied heavily on natural resources to boost investment and economic growth in Lao PDR. Building on the design and success of the project’s first phase, 'PEI Phase II' aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Lao PDR to manage investment more systematically and increase the number of quality investments across the country.