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 Goals

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

Our Stories

UNDP Lao PDR works for the most vulnerable in the country. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

40 years in a country of untold stories

This article looks back on the 40 years of UNDP in Laos, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of UNDP's existence.more 

Trustworthy technology offers new hope for Laos’ poorest communities. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Community Radio in Laos

An educator and activist at heart, Mouddala volunteers at the radio station to influence her community’s attitude towards education. “I try to make people understand the importance of education and keeping their children in school. At the moment, a lot of our young people leave school early and go to Thailand to do physical labour.” more 

Kongsy and his frogs. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Somlith Khounpaseuth

Frogs – A leap towards climate change resilience

"Improving the Resilience of the Agricultural Sector to Climate Change" helped Lao farmers in flood and draught-prone areas to adapt to climate change via introduction of an applied ecosystems-based approach to agriculture.more 

Ms. Vieng, showing the bag of oyster mushrooms she cultivated with the Mushroom Cultivation Group in Huayman village, Luang Prabang. Photo: FAO Lao PDR

Oyster mushrooms draw smiles on Phonexay District farmers' faces

Ms. Vieng, 32, can now proudly say that she is a mushroom farmer of Luang Prabang Province. A smile appears on her face when showing an oyster mushroom fruiting body from a bag she learned to prepare after participating in a training on mushroom cultivation with her group in Huayman, her native village in Phonexay District.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Support to the UXO Lao programme

    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 

  • Strengthening Capacity and Service Delivery of Local Administrations

    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 

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