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Risk-informed development

On the occasion of International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, the United Nations in Lao PDR, the World Bank Lao PDR and the Delegation of the European…


The Journey: Collective Intelligence (CI) to understand open burning

Trash is littered everywhere and anywhere; the sight of illegal dump sites is more apparent in just a short drive from the city center. The action of littering is seen worst during festivals and…  


Why do we need Collective Intelligence (CI) for solid waste management?

Collective Intelligence (CI) aims to distill ideas and concepts gathered from the public to make better and smarter decisions for the challenges they faced.  


Changing perspectives: The Stereotype and the Sinh

Sayfon Sayalard, 27, said he was originally a vegetable farmer who also foraged for wild mushrooms, found in the sanctuary. In recent years, due to changes in weather and the lack of rain, there…  


Five goats at a time

Life hasn’t been easy for Bounkum. With a smile he tells us that he is 60-something years of age; he hasn’t kept count of his exact years. He grew up in Salavan province, close to the Vietnamese…  


One call away: Innovation to inform people with disabilities on COVID-19

Along with official news and information from valid sources and trusted organizations, misinformation has also been circulating, increasing the challenges in keeping society informed about public…  


Are we ready for the new normal?

It is understandable that weeks of being unable to go out, meet or live “normally” must have been taken its toll. But isn’t it too early to throw caution to the winds?  


How COVID19 could accelerate digitalization in Laos

In such circumstances, a lot of people, particularly entrepreneurs and employees, needed to pivot and find ways to economically survive. Especially in Vientiane, the country’s quiet capital, digital…  


Featuring the future

Alongside her comrades, Bua Thongvanhlarlamsing and Phanada Khamphilavong, who joined the team a year after herself, Kouksavanh showed undeniable pride in her occupation. But, why did they choose a…  


Starting the first month, virtually

Imagine that you neither know about what you are to expect from your first few weeks in a new position, nor who your colleagues will be. This is an on-boarding experience of our new team member during…  


Covid-19: Cleaner Air, well not in Laos

The COVID-19 movement restrictions have had one good side-effect: the air is cleaner and clearer everywhere. Everywhere? Well Not quite! Read this Op-Ed by Ricarda Rieger, Resident Representative,…  

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