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

This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR 

Our Stories

Step into the reality of a UXO clearance team

The bombs below is UNDP's first Virtual Reality film UNDP Lao PDR has produced the first virtual reality film for Lao audiences on unexploded ordnance (UXO). Bymore 

Wetlands play a major role for local livelihoods. On the one hand they are an important habitat, on the other a source and regulator of water. Photo: Xavier Bouan
Pumping in new life

“Hey, man! Get down here with the key, we want to show our guests how the pump works”, Bounyong mouths into his phone. The Village Headmore 

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 

Forest Supermarkets

The smell of diesel hangs in the air as the ‘iron buffalo’ tractor grumbles to life, breaking the serenity of the cool morning underneath the green forest canopy and signaling to the gathered villagers it is time to set off. The shopping trip has begun. Read our photo story on community harvesting of non-timber forest products in the dry forests of Southern Lao PDR.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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