Aid and development

Building a strong justice system to break the cycle of violence against women

For the first time in the Lao PDR, on May 26-27, key justice agencies came together to explore how they could fulfill their role in responding to and preventing violence against women. This training session follows the recommendations outlined in a detailed capacity needs assessment ...

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Establishing standard procedures to ensure there’s no “wrong door” for violence survivors to seek help

Historically, a fragmented approach has been in place in responding to violence against women, ad hoc measures and limited understanding by officials due to the absence of clear national guidelines. Establishing SOPs is critical to strengthen systems and create a clear framework for sectors to ...

KPL

Plastic Waste Causing Serious Environmental, Health and Economic Impacts in Laos

Almost a quarter of the waste found in Lao cities is plastic. Plastic waste is now found everywhere in the Lao environment, affecting fish catches, blocking drains, causing air pollution, and harming tourism destinations. The plan considers a “circular economy” approach to help achieve the ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

US donates more Covid-19 vaccine to Laos

Adolescents aged 12 to 17, people aged 60 and over, people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women will be among those benefitting from the latest donation of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine from the United States. To date, the United States has provided over US$13 million ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Digitalizing the Fight against Gender-based Violence for Key Justice Agencies

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Jan 12 supported key justice sector agencies with new ICT equipment and software to be used in their efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence through the Khan Hom Project.The ...

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U.S. Supports the Lao Bar Association to Increase Free Legal Access for Vulnerable Populations

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided a grant of over LAK 525 million (equivalent to US$54,768) to the Lao Bar Association (LBA). LBA will use the grant to operate 17 Legal Aid Clinics, opened with support from USAID, in Vientiane and other ...

KPL

World Bank highlights opportunities and challenges for Lao economy

The Lao economy is projected to steadily recover in the medium-term, but growth will remain below pre-pandemic levels at 4.5 percent in 2022. The Lao economy is projected to grow at 3.6 percent, down from the 4 percent growth anticipated in March 2021. The main risks ...

Somsack Pongkhao

China Remains the Largest Foreign Investor in Laos

China remains the largest foreign investor in Laos, undertaking a total of 813 projects worth USD 16 billion. “China also plays a significant role in special economic zone investments, with the Lao government having authorized 89 projects worth over USD 215 million,” Mr. Sonexay Siphandone ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Laos, Switzerland sign agreement to cement development cooperation

Laos and Switzerland have signed an agreement to enhance their bilateral longstanding ties and cooperation, during an official two-day visit to Laos by the Swiss Vice President Mr Ignazio Cassis. The agreement aims to deepen cooperation in the areas of employment and vocational training, agriculture ...

Times Reporters

Civil Society Organisations Support Lao Government Response to COVID-19 Prevention Across Country

The 12-month partnership agreements were signed as part of the ‘Civil Society Action to Prevent and Mitigate COVID-19’ (CiSAC) project, which will improve the nations’ long-term response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  These ten CSO projects, funded by the European Union, will reach over 100,000 ...

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