Democratic Governance

UNDP promotes effective, open decision making to improve governance in Lao PDR, supporting the Government’s strategic plan for effective governance through 2020. This is central to consolidating the impressive national development progress already achieved in many areas and ensuring that growth benefits all people in the country and does not harm the environment.

Our Goals

We work in governance and public administration reform, strengthening the legal sector and the rule of law, and enhancing people’s participation. In all three, we promote opportunities for creating space for informed, helpful dialogue on critical development issues, including as part of the process for “graduation” to middle-income status. We also serve as the international leader in the governance sector, including through co-chairing the governance working group of the Round Table Process. No other development partner in the country has a governance programme of comparable depth and breadth. more

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Volunteer radio reporters present a programme at the Thateng Ethnic Community Radio station

UNDP Lao PDR/Philippe Pernet

Our Stories

  • Hor Kong villagers head to the market on the new road. Photo: UNDP LaoPDR/Philippe Pernet

    Local governance paves way for poverty reduction

    The rainy season used to mean a loss of revenue for Timchai, a farmer in the southern Lao province of Saravene. Rainfall during this five-month period would often make the road running from her village to the nearest market impassible, causing her produce to rot before she had an opportunity to sell it. more

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  • Volunteer radio reporter interviews a village elder. Photo: UNDP LaoPDR/Toby Fricker

    Riding a Radio Wave

    At sunset in the village of Houay Jaek, Xieng Khouang province, a group of villagers are performing a dialogue about the importance of good hygiene. Recording their voices is 30 year-old Khamboun, a fellow villager and volunteer with the local Khoun Community Radio station. more

Projects and Initiatives

Strengthening Capacity and Service Delivery of Local Administrations

The overall objective of this joint programme is to ensure increased capacity in local administrations, leading to better delivery of services which will improve the lives of the poor, especially in rural areas of Lao PDR. more

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People's Perspective on Access to Justice Survey in Four Provinces of Lao PDR

Promoting good governance and the rule of law lies at the centre of Lao PDR’s ambitious development plans to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to graduate from the ranks of Least Developed Country status by 2020.

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Riding a Radio Wave

This film tells the stories behind Khoun Radio, the country's first ethnic community-run radio station and its benefits for the community.