The Lao People's Democratic Republic is currently experiencing rapid economic development, marked by growth rates of around 8 per cent and a steady increase in per capita income. However, a quarter of the population still lives below the national poverty line, meaning that Laos continues to be classified among the world’s least developed countries. The Lao Government has set itself an ambitious target: to change the country’s development status by 2020. As part of Lao-German development cooperation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is assisting the Lao Government to achieve this goal.
GIZ has been working in Laos since 1993 and currently has around 170 national personnel and 70 international experts in the country, including seconded employees, development workers and CIM integrated experts. It is implementing a large number of projects in two priority areas.
- Rural development
Around two thirds of the Lao people live in rural regions. GIZ’s approach combines land management and integrated local development planning with climate change mitigation, promotion of environmental awareness, and sustainable resource management.
- Sustainable economic development
In view of Laos’ rapid economic growth, GIZ focuses primarily on vocational training, market integration and microfinance.
GIZ is also involved in regional projects, such as a programme of cooperation with the Mekong River Commission and the Fit for School programme.
GIZ’s main commissioning party in Laos is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but it also implements projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It has a close working relationship with KfW Development Bank and cooperates with other development partners in Laos, including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), AustralinAid and MMG/Lane Xang Minerals Ltd.
Projects and Programmes
Environment and climate change
Economic development and employment
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