50,000 Improved Cook Stoves!

The Renewable Energy sector is celebrating a major milestone in its Improved Cook Stoves project—the production of the 50,000th improved cook stove in Lao PDR!  Find out more...

Ability, Not Disability: The Newest ICS Production Centre Develops Skills

On July 13, the Improved Cook Stoves production area at the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre was officially opened, and participants underwent training to learn how to make ICS.  Find out more...

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...

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...

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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The new Laboratory Emission Monitoring System equipment will allow for international standard cook stove testing to take place in Lao PDR.
The SNV REDD+ team in Lao PDR, together with Government partners, hosted an Open Forum on REDD+ Benefit Sharing, to start a dialogue about potential methods for implementing a Benefit Distribution System in the country.
SNV REDD+ recently completed a community forest management training as a culminating activity for target villages of the LEAF project, which supports rural villages in this area to restore forest areas subject to extensive deforestation.
The Renewable Energy sector celebrates a major milestone in its Improved Cook Stoves project—the production of the 50,000th improved cook stove in Lao PDR!
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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.”

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PO Box 9781
Nongbone Rd, Saysettha District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
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