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  • 17 Oct 2014
    Legal frameworks for public administration to be improved

    Legislative and institutional provisions will be strengthened to allow for more efficient and effective public administration and service delivery in Lao PDR.

  • 30 Jun 2014
    New project to strengthen National Assembly

    Vientiane, 30th June 2014 – The legislative, oversight and representational role of the National Assembly will receive a boost over the next year through a new support project launched today in Vientiane.

  • 05 Feb 2014
    Community radio coverage doubles, evaluation highlights challenges

    Vientiane 5th February 2014 – The community radio coverage has doubled in the past year in Lao PDR, with four stations now broadcasting to more than 110,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Sekong provinces. However, a recent evaluation has raised concerns about the quality of the current programming.

  • 25 Jun 2013
    France supports Lao PDR’s efforts to develop a rule of law state

    The Government of France today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide €410,000 (US$548,000) towards the upcoming Support Programme for Implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan (LSMP) in Lao PDR.

  • 21 May 2013
    Australia boosts access to inclusive finance

    The Government of Australia has committed A$5.9million (US$6.15 million) to support the UNCDF-UNDP Joint Programme “Making Access to Finance More Inclusive for Poor People (MAFIPP)”. The contribution was confirmed today at a ceremony, where an agreement was signed between H.E. Sonexay Sithphaxay, Deputy Governor of Bank of Lao PDR, H.E. Lynda Worthaisong, Australian Ambassador to Laos and Mr. Minh Pham, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in UN House in Vientiane.

  • 10 May 2013
    Nonghet Community Radio interviews Kyoko Yokosuka, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

    Keanchan, who is one of the volunteers working at new UNDP-supported community radio station in Nonghet, interviewed UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Kyoko Yokosuka live on air on the day of the launch, 9th of May 2013.

  • 09 May 2013
    New Community Radio goes on air in Nonghet

    The ethnic communities of Hmong, Khmu and Phong in Nonghet District, Xiengkhuang Province, can now tune into radio broadcasts in their own languages, thanks to a new community radio station launched in Nonghet on Thursday, by Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 11 Dec 2012
    Laos commemorates the Human Rights Day

    More than 150 participants from the Government and the international community gathered to mark the International Human Rights Day on Monday at an event held in the Don Chan Palace in Vientiane.

  • 04 Dec 2012
    Customary Law Report highlights traditional justice practices among ethnic groups

    The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.

  • 17 Aug 2012
    Government to assess country's human rights situation

    The Government of Lao PDR is looking to invite UN Special Rapporteurs to Lao PDR to examine and monitor the human rights situation in the country. At a workshop on 17 August, government representatives and development partners discussed the practicalities involved of working with the Rapporteurs.

  • 09 Aug 2012
    Meet the volunteers of Khoun Ethnic Community Radio

    Khoun Ethnic Community Radio is the first community-run multilingual station in Lao PDR and was founded in 2007, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 07 Aug 2012
    New programme to boost public service delivery

    The National Governance and Public Administration Reform (NGPAR) programme will provide a new way of thinking and doing in public service improvement by assigning more responsibilities and tasks to district authorities, who are at the frontline of development efforts.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    One door to fast and efficient public services

    Life has become easier for residents of Pek District, in the central Lao province of Xiengkhouang, since the One Door Service Centre opened in May 2008 and made important administrative tasks less complicated and time consuming.

  • 27 Jul 2012
    Sudha Gooty, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, talks to Khoun Community Radio

    During her recent field visit to Xiengkhouang Province, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Ms. Sudha Gooty was interviewed by volunteers of the Khoun Community Radio, Lao PDR's first multi-lingual community-run radio station.

  • 13 Jun 2012
    Empowering women parliamentarians in Lao PDR

    “There is no university to prepare you for a job as a legislator, but you are important as the voice of 6.4 million people in Lao PDR,” said UNDP consultant Donna Bugby-Smith to Lao PDR's women parliamentarians.

  • 03 May 2012
    Press highlight challenges on World Press Freedom Day

    The lack of protection, limited journalism training and uncertainty about media laws make it difficult for the press to accurately portray issues affecting the Lao people.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Legal Sector Master Plan sets path for rule of law state by 2020

    The new European Union (EU) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Support Programme for the implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan, 2012 to 2015, will provide a major step forward in the government's aim to develop a rule of law state by 2020.

  • 12 Mar 2012
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework is vital to ensure sustainable and equitable development

    At the country's first ever forum to discuss the role of business and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the development of Lao PDR, participants agreed that now is the time to further promote and manage CSR. Achieving this will help to ensure fair distribution of the benefits of private investments, respect to human rights and reduced environmental impacts.

  • 29 Feb 2012
    Access to justice critical for national development

    A new report highlights the importance of access to justice for all Lao people to achieve the country's national development goals, including the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 01 Jul 2011
    Good governance underpins national development

    At a meeting in Vientiane the Government of Lao PDR reaffirmed their support to the Governance and Public Administration Reform (GPAR) Programme to strengthen human resource development and improve governance and management systems.

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