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
The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways
October 18, 2017
The Asia Foundation Releases New Report on Armed Conflict, Aid, and Development in Myanmar
October 17, 2017
2017 Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City Honor Amartya Sen and Henry Luce Foundation
October 16, 2017
Thomson Reuters Highlights New Conflict Report
October 13, 2017