What We Do
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. In Lao PDR, UNDP works to ensure that all people benefit from national development. We support growth which creates more and better economic and social opportunities, without harming the environment.
Our focus is on fighting poverty, promoting effective governance, supporting improved environmental management and reducing the impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) remaining from the Second Indochina War. We are committed to help Lao PDR localise the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as to reduce the impact of UXO. We also support the government’s five-year development plans and the longer-term aim to graduate from Least Developed Country status.
UNDP supports development that benefits all Lao people.
There are 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Harish Murthimore
This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR
Projects and Initiatives
Since 1996, UNDP has supported UXO Lao, the national unexploded ordnance clearance operator, to make land safe for all Lao people and ensure that development can take place without fear of harm from UXO. With 42 of the 46 poorest districts contaminated with UXO, accelerating efforts to clear land through new technologies and more effective operations is a key goal of this programme. more
In cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, this joint programme works to ensure increased capacity among local administrations, leading to better delivery of services to improve the lives of the poor, especially those living in rural areas. more