Laos is now a full member of the World Trade Organization, affirming its engagement in the global economy. Our office in Vientiane encourages effective and responsive governance and legal systems; reductions in the negative impacts of development on the environment; expanding access to information and international engagement; and protecting women’s rights and well-being.
National Assembly Training
The National Assembly is the representative of the multi-ethnic Lao people and the highest legislative body. While it is the channel for encouraging citizens to express their concerns and give feedback, the law-making process does not yet reflect the needs of its constituents. We support a brand-new research center within the National Assembly that provides research services to support parliamentarians to more effectively fulfill their policymaking and government oversight mandates. In the first year, the center successfully strengthened the ability of research staff who produced parliamentary briefing notes on land policy, special economic zones, and Laos’ progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
NEWS FROM LAOS
“Love Laos: Keep it Clean” is a new campaign we pioneered on disposing waste, composting, and recycling. We developed a partnership with the Luang Prabang Film Festival and a short film competition on the topic, receiving 40 local language entries by young Lao filmmakers. The finalist films and PSAs went viral on Facebook, reaching over 3,000,000 people.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
ASEAN at 50: Walking a Tightrope?
August 9, 2017
Labor Migration: A Gender-Neutral Lens to Human Trafficking
July 12, 2017
In.CoDe: Indonesia’s Competition for Civic Tech Apps
CNBC: APEC Connect App to Crack the Export Market
July 7, 2017
New York Minute: The Asia Foundation Helps Women Economically, Socially, and Politically
July 7, 2017
Girls Empowerment Storybook Collection Now Available from Let’s Read!
July 3, 2017