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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…


Women Village Leaders in Lao PDR: ‘Custodians of Gender Egalitarianism’

The 32 year-old is 1 of the only 3 women village leaders in the District, while the remaining 43 are all male leaders. Despite 43 of the 45 villages being identified as ‘poor villages’ in the…  


Safe grounds and sounds of laughters

The grounds where Latngon Primary and Secondary School are used to be hazardous, with risks lying beneath every footstep. The fog still hovered over us as we stepped out to visit the students who have…  


Through the lense of a Quarantine Center doctor

Santee Phetkaysone, a 24 year-old young doctor was assigned to be stationed at the KM 21 quarantine center, an 18-room facility in Champasak Province from August to October of 2020. As one of the few…  


Lending her voice- Chandavone

Initially, Chandavone just wanted to try out being a radio host out of pure curiosity after graduation. Never did it occur to her that her trial would turn into a long-term job, with her name becoming…  


Single-Use Plastic Sachets: Pollution That Comes at a Cost. Key Learnings from the Refill Station Experiment.

Single-Use plastic has become an unescapable part of our daily lives that, if left unchecked, could threaten our very existence. The Lao PDR Accelerator Lab team recognized the importance of…  


Overcoming physical challenges with hope

Samnieng was diagnosed with polio as a young child and walks using a crutch as a supporting device. As Director of the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) and well-respected by all colleagues, it…  


Having disability in the digital era- a painter's story

At the young age of 16, Sivanh was in utter despair, knowing that his life would change forever. “I used to be able to do things that I considered was normal, but that all changed when I couldn’t do…  


COVID-19 Unites local government officials

Chanthone Xayyavong, a 48-year-old mother of 3 was assigned to be one of the people in charge of the Bokeo quarantine center, since its establishment approximately six months ago. As a health…  


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.  

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