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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Laos (officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic) since 1993. Currently 183 national and 41 international employees, seven integrated specialists and 19 development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017).

In spite of rapid economic growth and rising incomes, Laos is one of the least developed countries in the world. A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, with the rural population worst affected. The Lao Government aims to change this by 2024 and to graduate from its current status as a least developed country (LDC). 

GIZ’s work in Laos focuses on the following areas:

  • Rural development
  • Sustainable economic development 

The population is granted more extensive, legally recognised land-use rights in rural areas, and the government is supported in developing regulations and laws relating to land policy and land rights. The government is also advised on sustainable forestry and the effective management of protected areas, with a view to curbing deforestation and the loss of biodiversity.

To help ensure that Lao’s rapid economic growth is sustainable, GIZ is supporting the country in the following areas: vocational training based on the needs of the labour market, integration into the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economic area, and access to loans and other financial services. 

In addition, a project cofinanced by the European Union and Switzerland is being implemented to promote good governance and civil society. GIZ is also supporting the work of the Mekong River Commission.

GIZ’s work in Laos is largely carried out on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). There are also jointly financed projects with the European Union, Switzerland, Australia and other partners. GIZ works closely with the German development bank KfW.