LAO PDR

Context

Climate vulnerability: As global temperatures rise, Lao PDR can expect rainfall, storms, droughts and floods to become more severe and frequent. The effects of climate change are already having serious impacts on the livelihoods and living conditions of people in the country. Floods and storms destroy infrastructure by washing away streets, damaging buildings or interrupting electricity supply. In the near future, expected impacts include crop failure, lack of drinking and irrigation water as well as an increase in vector-borne diseases such as malaria or dengue. Increased vulnerability towards the negative effects of climate change is compounded by natural resource–driven economic development, such as the country’s heavy reliance on mining and hydropower generation.

National Response: Many small-scale village-level infrastructure projects such as irrigation schemes or water supplies for domestic consumption are built on ad hoc–based traditional knowledge only, which lacks the necessary technical know-how and financing to be climate risk-proof. The challenge lies in limited understanding of and awareness about the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and gaps in local capacity and budgets to build resilience.

LAO PDR

Lao PDR is in the process of piloting a devolution strategy called the Sam-Sang, or three builds due to its three-tiered approach. Sam-Sang aims to develop the province administrations as strategic units, the districts as comprehensive strengthening units and the villages as development units. In the spirit of the Sam-Sang, LoCAL helped build the capacities of local authorities to deliver better public administration and services in two provinces: Saravane and Sekong.

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77 Districts in 7 Provinces

28 M People

LoCAL IN LAO PDR

3

Provinces Engaged

29

Adaptation Investments

510,275

Beneficiaries

$298,119

Budget (up to 2017)

  • A total of 29 small-scale rural water infrastructure (water supply, irrigation and wetlands management, and bridges and culverts) were developed and successfully implemented over three fiscal years between 2014/2015 and 2016/2017. The district administrations led the infrastructure development process, using a participatory and bottom-up approach and following public expenditure management procedures in accordance with DDF-CRG guidelines, instructions and manuals.
  • The total number of local beneficiaries in the 12 districts is 6,311 households and approximately 47,400 people, of whom approximately 22,100 are women.

LAO PDR IN NUMBERS

Stories from the Field

OUR TEAM

VIENTIANE - LAO PDR

Government Partners:

In LAO PDR, LoCAL is implemented by MONRE through MOHA and MOF endorsement.


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