Projects in Laos


Lao Uplands Rural Advisory Service

Facilitating community organization, participation and empowerment, Laos.
LURAS is implemented through partnership between the DAEC, HELVETAS and SNV. 

LURAS is a successor to a number of earlier projects. Between 2001 and 2014, DAEC and HELVETAS were partners in implementing the Laos Extension for Agriculture Project (LEAP), which was improving capacity of the government to deliver better services to farmers across the country. 

Facilitating community organization and empowerment

Facilitating community organization, participation and empowerment, Laos.
If development depends on mobilizing people, then people's participation is an essential element within a process which seeks to bring a better standard of living and quality of life to its people. Targeting women, ethnic groups and remote small holder producers, this project relies on multi-stakeholder equitable partnership building, promoting productivity and fair market engagement where one and all can benefit.

Bridging access gaps for remote communities

Bridging access gaps for remote communities, Laos.
With the BRIDGE project we aim to bring communities, essential services and opportunities closer. Without access, remote and isolated communities will not benefit from their basic rights to access essential services and livelihood security. However with access and exposure come opportunities and risks, as such access to information is one of the fundamental services the project facilitates to promote informed decision making for and by the community.

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Educating future agronomists, foresters and extensionists

Agriculture & Forestry College, Lao
In its 2nd phase, the project has been cooperating with the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC) to become a center of excellence for upland agriculture development, able to support graduates in high demand by the labor market. With already evident achievements, the project is extending its good practices to the remaining 4 Agriculture & Forestry colleges in the country.

Promoting food security and community development

Integrated Upland Development, Laos.
Breaking the poverty cycle and associated food insecurity requires an integrated community driven approach. In the remote, ethnic and upland areas of Xiengkhouang province, that is what this upland integrated development project works towards together with community, local and private and public sector partners.

Promoting organic producer groups and fair market

While both of these projects are no longer operational, we continue to learn from them and build on their achievements.
The World Bank recently ranked the Lao PDR as a developing lower income middle country, indicating that progress has been made to graduate the country off the Least Developed Countries (LDC) list by 2020. To reach this objective, the Lao PDR is implementing the Brussels LDC plan and adopted an ambitious National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and National Growth & Poverty Eradication Strategy (NGPES) which are integral to a ‘Growth with Equity’ framework. With increase of foreign direct investment, commercialization of agriculture, transportation and infrastructure development much has been achieved in National Growth, however significant gaps not only remain but in some areas are widening in Poverty Eradication. Opportunities and risks are apparent with significant reliance on the country’s bio-diverse natural resources serving as collateral to boost GDP capital, however human & social capital development remains low especially in the areas of gender, social inclusion and rural economy development, rendering already vulnerable groups more vulnerable.

Within this rapidly growing and changing context, we strive to help strike a balance promoting informed decision making, equitable benefit disbursement, secure and sustainable livelihood improvement through participatory capacity building and inclusive development to reach the poorest of the poor, and support the Lao PDR Millennium Development Goals.

We manage many projects and contribute to a variety of initiatives across all 5 key working areas, with a particular focus on remote, ethnic and disadvantaged groups.

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