From Sweden to Savannakhet: Liyen researches women's health in the field

Liyen Chin, a student from Lund University in Sweden, stays with SNV Laos for five months as an intern. Currently, she is doing research on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in rural Savannakhet. Read here about her endeavours out in the field. 
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How Jita, Nulek and Latsamy check the hygiene of their village

In Savannakhet, schoolchildren monitor the hygiene of the toilets and compounds in their village. They use a sophisticated system, put up white, yellow and red flags, and hand out fines. The adults listen and the scheme keeps the villages clean.
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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

SNV believes that the success of any REDD+ scheme will depend on how effectively it is designed and introduced. In Lao PDR the ENRICH and LEAF projects improve the knowledge about carbon stock and greenhouse gas emissions of natural forests.
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20 years of cooperation with local partners and the government

SNV established its presence in Laos in 1993. We can look back on two decades of successful work with local partners and the local government.
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Learning from our experiences and spreading our knowledge

Turning our experience into knowledge helps us, our partners and others to up-scale proven practices and adapt them to new contexts. We constantly validate and leverage the use of knowledge.

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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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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
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