Lao PDR

Planting Trees for the Future of Lao Forests

For Children's Day and National Tree Planting Day, SNV joined local schools and officials in Attapeu Province in educational tree planting activities as part of the LEAF project. Find out more...

Seven new Total Sanitation Villages in Savannakhet

On 19 May, the Lao government, together with SNV, congratulated 7 villages in Xonnabouli District of Savannakhet Province on achieving Total Sanitation Village and Model Healthy Village status. Read more here...

Interning with ICS: Final Interview

Khamsone Chantavong, SNV's intern with the Improved Cookstoves Programme in Lao PDR, shares some final thoughts and lessons gained from his experience.  Read more here...

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.

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.
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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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Latest news

SNV is supporting villages in Houaphanh Province to use their land more sustainably through Participatory Land Use Planning with the goal of reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
Construction began on the new Improved Cook Stoves production facilities at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre. This new collaboration aims to provide income opportunities for women, while at the same time opening up the market for improved stoves.
SNV supports local villagers in Attapeu to plan reforestation of damaged forest areas, in order to improve biodiversity and livelihoods.
Villagers in Houaphanh Province are learning to better manage their forest resources and gaining new skills in veterinary care, with the aid of the SNV REDD+ programme, supported by USAID LEAF.
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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)

Lao PDR

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
Email: laos@snvworld.org

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