World Vision Laos
Nine-year-old Yaok and his brother Vangsith huddled around the fire. It was winter, where temperatures dropped to single digits, and the boys and their friends clamored around the flames for a little warmth.
Sak – another one of their friends was sitting beside with hands holding a rusty ball. Or what looked like it anyway.
“He was the one who brought the bomb,” Yaok remembers.
This is the final article in our month-long series highlighting gender issues and women in leadership that began on International Women's Day, March 8. In this case study, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) illustrates the context and conditions in which female mine deactivation teams work, and the challenges they face in the most bombed country in the world, Laos.
WFP’s vision for Lao PDR is a country free from undernutrition and its debilitating impact on human potential and national development. WFP’s development programme tackles the intergenerational problem of stunting, which affects nearly every second child, and aims to prevent wasting and address micronutrient deficiencies.
Drones are becoming more and more commonplace and today many companies are developing innovative applications of the technology, not only in name of commercial aims, but with social and humanitarian objectives.
Ryan Baker, CEO of drone maker Arch Aerial based in Austin, Texas, speaking over the weekend at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Festival, said his company hopes to use its drones to identify locations that are likely to be riddled with landmines and unexploded bombs from past wars.
Phonsavan, 9 March, 2015 – Multi-hazard, community based Village Disaster Management Plans that reduce risks and prepare for disasters have been launched this week in villages across Kham and Khoun Districts in Xiang Khouang Province, in a joint effort by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lao PDR and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Women are a vital piece of the planning process for disaster risk mitigation and response, enhancing disaster planning with different perspectives that often focus on community needs and vulnerable groups.
Vientiane, 22 January 2015 – The Government of Norway today renews its support to assist the UXO Sector in Lao PDR with a contribution of 6,000,000 NOK (approximately US$886,132) in support of UXO Lao’s operational capacity to clear Confirmed Hazardous Areas (CHA). These funds will be received through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and covers the period 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015.
By Terri O'Quinn
The first batch of USDA food contribution for 2015-2017 to WFP School Meals Programme has arrived in Vientiane. The SuperCereal and vitamin-enriched vegetable oil will be transported to over 1,500 village schools, including the remotest areas of Laos, for community cooks to prepare a daily mid-morning snack for pre-primary and primary students. The nutritious snack encourages students to come to school, reduces hunger and helps the students concentrate in classes.
Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, cluster bombs and other explosives leftover from the war continue to claim, on average, one new victim a week in Laos. Laos was not fighting in the Vietnam War, but the U.S. conducted about 600,000 bombing missions over the country, with an aim to cut supply lines to North Vietnam. As a result, Laos is the most heavily cluster-bomb polluted country on earth.
In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a large number of bombs dropped during the Indochina Wars still remain unexploded throughout the country, hindering the country’s economic and social development. Against this backdrop, Japan and the United States will contribute to clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos and will keep each other informed of their progress as part of the Japan-U.S. cooperation for the clearance of landmines and UXO in Southeast Asia.
3 PROVINCES, 5 DISTRICTS & 30,000 HOUSEHOLDS
Authorities in Laos have been asked to consult with civil society groups and foreign donors on a controversial set of guidelines that could restrict the operations of international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) working in the country, according to the United Nations development agency.
The European Union (EU) has announced it has allocated up to EUR 60 million (KIP 60 billion, USD 75 million) to Laos under its bilateral cooperation programme over the period 2014-2015 to improve basic education and food and nutrition security and strengthen good governance as well as the rule of law and human rights.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•2014 rice output is forecast to decrease slightly, but remains just above average
•Cereal exports in 2014 forecast to increase from last year’s high level
•Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country
VIENTIANE - The U.S. Ambassador to Laos PDR, Daniel Clune, announced today that the U.S. government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), would support WFP’s mid-morning snack and lunch programmes in Laos with US$27 million to assist more than 170,000 children over the next three years.
Luang Prabang (ICRC) – Twenty-four experts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam gathered in Luang Prabang today to discuss national policies and best practices that could benefit people injured in accidents involving unexploded ordnance and improve their lives, as well as prevent new victims in the future. The one-day workshop was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In 2011, the World Reconstruction Conference recommended the development of an international best practice Recovery Framework Guide to assist governments and partner agencies in delivering effective and efficient post-disaster recovery programs. In application, the Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide is intended to complement the government-led Post-disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process – an assessment method that presents damages and losses in a consolidated report.
Huge volumes of water being discharged from a hydropower dam on the Mekong River in southern China’s Yunnan province have placed the country’s downstream neighbors on high alert amid concerns over possible flash floods.
Officials in Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia are closely monitoring levels of the Southeast Asian artery after being informed by Beijing that the 1,750-megawatt Jinghong dam will need to release a huge volume of water downstream from Sept. 5-30 due to heavy rain upstream.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- The 2014 rice output is forecast to decrease slightly
- Rice production in 2013 was revised downward
- Cereal exports in 2014 forecast to increase slightly
- Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country