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12 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

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.

09 Dec 2014 description
report European Union

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.

20 Nov 2014 description

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

03 Nov 2014 description

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.

09 Oct 2014 description

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).

15 Sep 2014 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Background

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.

12 Sep 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

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.

12 Aug 2014 description

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
25 Jul 2014 description

This 100-pound white phosphorus bomb was found in a rice field in Khammouane province, Laos. White phosphorus munitions were used extensively during the Vietnam War.

All 17 provinces in Laos and around a quarter of all villages suffer from unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination. More than 90 per cent of people living in these areas live in fear of UXO. The most common worry is that children will be killed or injured whilst they are playing.

15 Jul 2014 description

By Sally Sara

Women are on the frontline of the effort to find and destroy millions of unexploded cluster bombs which are still claiming lives decades after being dropped on Laos.

The US dropped up to 260 million cluster bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War - the equivalent of one bombing mission every eight minutes, for nine years.

It left Laos as the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in the world.

08 Jul 2014 description

From 24 to 26 June 2011, Typhoon Haima swept through the northern and central provinces of Lao PDR, causing widespread flooding in four provinces – Bolikhamxay, Xayaboury, Vientiane, and Xiengkhouang. The floods caused extensive damage to people’s livelihoods, property, and to social and physical infrastructure.

08 Jul 2014 description

This guideline on planning, budgeting and financing guides all provincial and district government officials to prepare a recovery plan which is responsive to the outcomes of the Damage, Loss, and Needs Assessments in Khammouane province.

04 Jul 2014 description

Despite a substantial reduction of the malaria burden, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic continues to experience outbreaks and the country’s first-line drugs are beginning to lose effectiveness. A national strategy is being developed to tackle the challenge.

30 Jun 2014 description

Appeal history:

  • A DREF Operation was initially launched on 3 October 2013 for CHF 292,168 to support Lao Red Cross (LRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families) for six months and to further assess needs.

  • Operations Update 1 (dated 6 November 2013) reported on initial steps to procure in-country relief goods and plans for Thai Red Cross to provide in-kind support in terms of staff to be deployed to LRC.

11 Jun 2014 description
report World Bank

Vientiane, June 11, 2014 --- The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has received a technical assistance grant of $900,000 from the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the Building Resilience to Natural Hazards Project.

This project seeks to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of Lao PDR by strengthening the legal framework for hydro-meteorological services, enhancing post-disaster recovery planning, and providing technical assistance to strengthen Lao PDR’s fiscal resilience to natural hazards.

06 Jun 2014 description

Sithon will treasure this planting season as a special one: for the first time since the Vietnam War he could seed his rice safely, after MAG cleared almost 400 explosive weapons from his land.

Reporting by Eva Hegedus, Programme Officer, MAG Laos

"There were bombies [the local term for cluster submunitions] everywhere." Fifty-nine year old Sithon Manyvong recalls returning home to Naphia in 1975 after the Vietnam War had ended.

01 Jun 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 rice production forecast to decrease for the second consecutive year
  • The 2013 rice production revised downward
  • Cereal exports in 2014, mostly maize, forecast at last year’s level
  • Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country
22 May 2014 description
report IRIN

BAN HOUYTHAO, 22 May 2014 (IRIN) - "Land grabs" in Laos are driving poor farmers, including ethnic minorities, off their land, away from livelihoods they know and into further poverty, activists and experts say.

06 May 2014 description

Executive Summary

This country book focusing on Laos is intended to be a reference for individuals deploying to conduct disaster preparedness engagements or disaster response operations in Laos, but it is not meant to be a checklist or manual for all disaster response operations. The research team conducted extensive research and analysis on existing Lao plans, policies, and capabilities related to disaster management and risk reduction. The team also reached out to United States Government (USG) stakeholders and open source research to compile this book.

21 Apr 2014 description

MAG and DFATD* are making it safe for families in Laos to grow crops on land that was contaminated by cluster munitions.

During the Vietnam War, 580,000 bombing missions were conducted over neighbouring Laos – that’s one mission every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years.

Mr Khamdee lives in Dang village in Khammouane Province, central Laos, close to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which was heavily targeted by the aerial bombardment.