Following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, on 29 March the Government of Lao PDR formally announced nation-wide lockdown. Despite the still limited number of COVID-19 cases, the outbreak in the region has impacted trade, construction and tourism and has therefore a significant effect on the economy.
Universal design ensures that our shared environment, within homes, classrooms, workplaces, and communities, is built in a way that is usable for all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability. It promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities, enabling them to enjoy their independence and participate equally in society, and in turn, creates a space where everyone benefits.
Asian elephants are a symbol of Lao PDR- a country once called “Lane Xang,” the Land of Million Elephants, by the virtue of their numbers. Nevertheless, these magnificent creatures have now been listed as one of the most endangered species in the country due to population decrease over the years. It is a matter of national pride to protect the elephants.
UNDP in Lao PDR is awarding a Grant of up to USD 50,000 for non-governmental organizations to conduct a research study on “Male Perceptions of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)” and promote evidence-based policies and programmes to prevent GBV through targeted recommendations
Rural women have many roles and responsibilities in supporting household work and agricultural production . They also play a significant role in improving the livelihoods and wellbeing of their communities. However, the gender gap between women and men makes it difficult for women in rural areas to fulfill their potentials. Due to cultural norms, where men migrate to search for work, women often find themselves with the heavy burden of the remaining responsibilities. They must look after their children, prepare meals, manage household chores, plant and harvest crops and tend livestock. Despite these multiple challenges, they are further affected by resource inequities, reduced access to services, lack of education, and unequal rights.
In support of our collective efforts towards understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP on behalf of the UN Development System (UNDS) in Lao PDR, with guidance from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, undertook a socio-economic impact assessment between April and August 2020.

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