Poverty Reduction

Breaking the cycle of poverty in Lao PDR and graduating from the Least Developed Country (LDC) Status represents the heart of the Government’s development aspirations. UNDP has a key role in assisting the country with a smooth transition to non-LDC status, as well as the complex process to strategically raise needed funds for programs that benefit poor people.

Our Goals

We work toward localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), implementation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2015-2020 and, more broadly, Lao PDR’s graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status, through comprehensive assistance to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. This assistance will help the Government to access funding that may not otherwise have been available and to address emerging development issues through better targeted actions to serve people in need. more

80% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

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Our News

Two reports
Two new reports launched today. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR / Somlith Khounpaseuth
Two new reports examine graduation from Least Developed Country status

Lao PDR’s 5th National Human Development Report and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development´s (UNCTAD) Least Developed Countries Report 2016 were launched in December 2016. more 

Round Table Implementation Meeting
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The Government of Lao PDR & partners agree priority actions for development

The two-day Round Table Implementation Meeting 2016 concluded in Vientiane Province today with the Government and its partners endorsing the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan.more 

Projects and Initiatives

  • Brand Lao

    This project aims at identifying potential profitable Lao products to be exported to the international market. The ultimate objective will be to substantially raise income for producers, farmers and service providers involved at every stage of the value chains operated by those who join the scheme, benefiting directly from the export.more 

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Learning for a better life: How rural women improve their skills

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