Lao Government declares 7 Open Defecation Free villages

On February 26th, seven villages in SNV's Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All+ programme in Atsaphon District of Savannakhet Province were officially declared as Open Defecation-Free Villages. Find out more...

Inclusive business: a viable option for cassava farmers

SNV in Lao PDR has been partnering with CIAT in Champassak and Salavan Provinces to support an inclusive business model for the farming of cassava.  Find out more...

Sustainable Bamboo Products in Houaphanh Province

SNV, with local and international partners, has been working to to support the development of selected bamboo value chains/products. SNV has set up a framework for the sustainable harvesting of bamboo, which is then processed into other products, and also collected as shoots for food.

ENRICH: Understanding Forest Carbon Stock Enhancement in Lao PDR

ENRICH is a multi-country project driven by the need to understand methodologies and options for forest carbon stock enhancement. In Laos, the ENRICH project involves close collaboration between SNV, the National University of Laos Faculty of Forestry Science and local villagers.  Find out more...

SNV and Akvo: Mapping & monitoring rural water systems in Laos

SNV in Lao PDR is partnering with Akvo, an organisation that builds open source internet and mobile software, to map and monitor the functionality of rural water systems in Laos.  Find out more...

Agriculture: Improving Laos' rice production

In 2013, the rice programme expanded to Vilabouly, one of the poorest districts in the country. Over 500 households will gain access to the market.

Renewable Energy: 420,000 cook stoves

Together with our local partners, we have designed and are now producing the new, 20% more efficient "Tao Payat" stove.
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WASH: Sanitation and Hygiene for rural Laos

Our SSH4A programme has already improved the health and quality of life of more than 35,000 people in Laos, mostly in rural areas.

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This past month with the ICS team, I visited Savannakhet Province to try to improve the management of quality control of the ACE stove by improving diagnostic and technical maintenance skills.
This World Water Day, view our photostory to see how SNV is working to improve sanitation and hygiene in Lao PDR.
SNV has recently partnered with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO and NAFRI to build community-level adaptive capacity of rice farmers in Khammouane Province to respond to increasing climate variability and change.
On March 3, SNV’s WASH sector leader Aftab Opel presented at the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance workshop focusing on Menstrual Hygiene Research citing the results of research done by SNV in Savannakhet Province.
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Highlights in Video

Villagers decide to build latrines (SSH4A)

The Story of a Super Stove (ICS)

Partnering with rice millers (BIIE)


SNV has had a presence in Lao PDR since 1993, and has been an independent organisation here since 2004. We operate under an agreed framework with the Government of Lao PDR. We are well positioned within the framework of the Government’s ‘National Socio-Economic Development Plan’ and the ‘National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy’.

Our advisory work focuses on Agricultural and Forest Products, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In addition we run a sizable programme in the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) sector.  Across all of our areas of work, Governance, Gender Equity, and Social Inclusion are mainstreamed.  The majority of our work in Lao PDR occurs within the six provinces of Houaphanh, Vientiane Capital, Khammoune, Savannakhet, Champassak and Attapeu.

Country Director

Julie Graham

“Lao PDR is a resource-rich, least developed country  bordered by some of the fastest moving Asian economies in the world – China, Vietnam, and Thailand. SNV works in Lao PDR with local partners and international agencies to capitalise on this regional growth. Our aim here is to develop new and sustainable livelihoods for rural Lao people, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive future for all.”

SNV Lao PDR Country Office
PO Box 9781
Nongbone Rd, Saysettha District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 (0)21 414 091, 413 290-1
Fax: +856 (0)21 414 068

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