Overview

What We Do

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. In Lao PDR, UNDP works to ensure that all people benefit from national development. We support growth which creates more and better economic and social opportunities, without harming the environment.

Our Goals

We are assisting Lao PDR with two critical transitions: (1) to a market economy that gives people the power of choice and (2) to become a middle-income country by 2020. Our focus is on fighting poverty, promoting effective governance, supporting improved environmental management and reducing the impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) remaining from the Second Indochina War. We are committed to help Lao PDR achieve the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as the Lao specific MDG 9 to reduce the impact of UXO. We also support the government’s five-year development plans and the longer-term aim to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020.

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UNDP supports development that benefits all Lao people.

There are 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Harish Murthi

Our Stories

  • Tai On clears land to plant lemon trees. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/TobyFricker

    Diversifying crops to cope with climate change

    For Ki Her, the head of Kioutaloun village in mountainous northern Lao PDR, and 95 percent of the population who grow rice, the change in the weather over the past five years presents significant challenges. more

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  • The renovated Khangkhai market attracts more customers. Photo: Xaisongkham / Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism

    Revamped market creates brighter future for local vendors

    Soutsady, a 48-year-old mother of six, has always depended on her meagre income from selling fried bananas at Khangkhai village market in the central province of Xiengkhouang. more

Projects and Initiatives

Support to the UXO Lao programme

Since 1996, UNDP has supported UXO Lao, the national unexploded ordnance clearance operator, to make land safe for all Lao people and ensure that development can take place without fear of harm from UXO. With 42 of the 46 poorest districts contaminated with UXO, accelerating efforts to clear land through new technologies and more effective operations is a key goal of this programme. more

Strengthening Capacity and Service Delivery of Local Administrations

In cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, this joint programme works to ensure increased capacity among local administrations, leading to better delivery of services to improve the lives of the poor, especially those living in rural areas. more

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Bamboo Lives

This film tells the story of the innovative Sangthong District bamboo trade association. With support from UNDP, households from 5 villages have increased their inomes and contributed to environmental preservation.

Tackling the Deadly Legacy of War

In the world's most cluster bombed country, farming can be dangerous work. However, thanks to organizations such as UXO Lao, supported by UNDP, land is being made safe for agricultural production and development programmes.