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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…


Universal Access to a Universal Organization: Efforts of UNDP to Make its Workplace Disability-Inclusive for One and All in Lao PDR

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…  


Asian Elephant in the Phou Xang Hae National Protected Area (NPA)- Increased population but challenges remain.

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…  


Empowering rural women- a path to enhanced equality

Although Saykham was able to access education, health, and nutrition services while growing up, most of her friends weren’t as fortunate. “Most of my friends experienced malnutrition and were poor.…  


Echoing empowerment

Ms. Hatsada Kounlabouth, a young trainer from Saravane Province carried a soft voice, with a gentle and caring sparkle in her eyes, proudly approached her newly- graduated trainees. There were about…  


Stories of Digitalization: Emergency Communication and Control Rooms in COVID-19

One of the tragedies of the pandemic has been the cutting of human contact and interaction. Few people understand this as well as Mr. Somboun Phommapanya, the Deputy Director, Department of Labor and…  


Breaking a world of silence: the story of a sign language interpreter in Laos

For most, getting your big break in TV takes years of trying to make it as an actor. But for Sophaphone Heuanglit, her journey onto our television screens is an altogether different one to what you…  


Following their dreams through the airwaves: how volunteers use community radios to inspire others

Following graduation, the path to her dream job was not easy. She started off as volunteer at Nongbuakham Learning Center in 2019, over 20 kilometres away from her local community. As a volunteer in…  


A young hope for tomorrow

Anny personally felt that a key issue seen among her classmates was starting a family at a very young age. She’s seen some of her juniors and female friends who left the school to be married as young…  


Designing a path to walk the talk: a guideline on eliminating single-use plastics in meetings and workplaces.

Most conferences and workshops generate more than 80 percent of single-use plastic waste, from plastic backdrops to water bottles and candy wraps. The number of plastics left after the meeting can…  


66 Years in the Fight Against Violence: How the Lao Women’s Union Works to Protect Women in Lao PDR

An important part of the Lao Women’s Union’s work is advocating for the protection of wom-en’s rights under the law, especially their right to live free from violence and eliminate gender-based…  

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