Lao PDR learns about centre's 'Development Solutions Partnerships'

May 3, 2018

Government officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) visited the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) on May 3rd, 2018, as part of a two-week Capacity Building Program in Korea hosted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS).

The study visit is one component of the multiyear Capacity Building Training Program for Human Resource Development on Official Development Assistance Management in Lao PDR. Now in its third year, this invitational training program aims to help foster a sustainable economic development strategy and build an effective ODA project management system aligned with Lao’s national economic and social development plan, notably by examining and evaluating Korea’s economic development experience.

The delegation, headed by Deputy Director General, Souphith Darachanthara from the Center for Development Policy Research of MPI and consisting of 20 other public officials, had an opportunity to listen to the planning and management mechanism of UNDP’s projects in several developing countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Uganda, and Ukraine.

The delegation met with USPC’s staff, including the Director, Dr. Balázs Horváth and Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury, Policy Specialist, who gave a presentation on “Development Solutions Partnerships: Trial-and-Error and Improvement Methods on Project Management in Developing Countries”. During the presentation, Dr. Chowdhury presented an overview of USPC’s Development Solution Partnerships in three areas, as well as the main projects and events organized by the Centre: anti-corruption, gender-based violence and environmental issues.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session where USPC staff and the Lao delegates further discussed possible cooperation between UNDP and the Laotian government, the process for project selection and evaluation, the trade-offs between environmental impact and economic development, and financing of projects, among others.

During the study visit, the Lao delegates could understand how Korea’s development policy and experience have been applied to various developing countries. Moreover, the delegates sought ways for further cooperation between the Lao government and UNDP to achieve national development goals.

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