Programs in Lao PDR
Lao PDR is the 2nd poorest country in Southeast Asia and has some of the lowest development indicators in the region. The heartbreaking reality is that 29% of the population still lives below $1 USD per day and 74% below $2 USD per day leaving many poor households vulnerable to shocks that could push them back into extreme poverty.
The progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in Lao PDR is mixed, with major development challenges including a level of poverty that is increasingly defined by geography and ethnicity, which is evident despite the economic growth. This means that poverty in Lao PDR is predominantly a rural issue, with 80% of the country’s poor living in rural areas. On top of this, basic health and fundamental education services and facilities are still very poor, especially due to the weak state of government infrastructure and a highly dispersed population that is difficult to reach.
ADRA is supporting the government and people of Lao PDR in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and their national development priorities. We do this by working to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, improved health, improved food security and land management, improved education and increased resilience to (and protection from) socio-economic risks that come with change and development.
Developing areas in need