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 Murthi

Our Stories

  • Tai On clears land to plant lemon trees. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/TobyFricker

    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

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  • 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

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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Clearing the way for Lao PDR

In the world's most cluster bombed country, farming can be dangerous work. However, thanks to organizations such as UXO Lao, supported by UNDP, land is being made safe for agricultural production and development programmes.