Poverty Reduction

Breaking the cycle of poverty in Lao PDR and graduating from the Least Developed Country (LDC) Status by 2020 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 achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011-2015 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

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80% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Our News

  • Participants of the high level national workshop on LDC graduation. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Camille Reinhardt

    Government getting prepared for exiting LDC status

    Vientiane, 12th March 2015 – At a national workshop on strategizing preparedness for the Lao PDR’s graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status, more than 60 high level government officials discussed enhanced understanding on the LDC principles and its graduation procedures and potential implications of LDC graduation at Vientiane’s Don Chan Palace.more

  • un resident coordinator, deputy prime minister and minister of planning and investment at the 2014 Round table implementation meeting 2014 in Vientiane. Photo: undp lao pdr/eeva nyyssonen

    The Round Table Implementation Meeting 2014 Reviews Progress in National Development

    Vientiane, 14th November 2014 - More than 200 representatives from the Government and the development partner community took part in today’s Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) to review the country’s development progress and cooperation.more

Projects and Initiatives

Realizing the MDGs in Lao PDR: Consolidated Programme of Support to the Ministry of Planning and Investment to achieve the goals of the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011 – 2015

Through comprehensive assistance to the Ministry of Planning and Investment this project is designed to increase attention to the achievement of equitable development, particularly by identifying key development focus areas during the Round Table Process. more

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The Lao Development Journey toward Graduation from LDC Status

This pamphlet provides a brief guide on everything you need to know about Lao PDR's goal of exiting the Least Developed Countries (LDC) list by 2020. This includes the three criteria required to graduate from LDC status; Gross National Income per capita; The Human Assets Index; and The Economic Vulnerability Index.