Category Archives: GIZ

Upland development programme achieving results

Vientiane Times, 17 Oct 2012 The Northern Uplands Development Programme (NUDP) is pioneering a programme-based approach to help reduce poverty in the uplands of Laos. The programme began in 2010 under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry … Continue reading

Food Facility Action: Rodent Control

Villages which are classified as “poor” also suffer from losses of food and damages to crops caused by a large rodent population. In times of extreme infestations with rodents the situation can be massively aggravated. In order to find and … Continue reading

Improving delivery through better Programme Development

The Northern Uplands Development Programme (NUDP) is a programmatic approach of the Government of Laos to promote rural development in some of the remote, mountainous, and poor areas of Laos. The NU-IRDP is embedded in this overall programmatic approach, basing … Continue reading

Improving implementation through policy advice

An integrated approach to rural development needs to include both policymakers and people “on the ground”. This refers not only to activities as such but also to the lessons learned from the implementation of these activities. Under the NUDP a … Continue reading

Food Facility Action: Nutrition Education

Malnutrition is still one of Laos` major problems. Nutrition awareness and education activities aim to increase knowledge about “good nutrition” and respective food habits while acknowledging local conditions. Besides training and coaching of multiplicators, training and seeds to build home … Continue reading

Improving participation through local governance and development planning

The centralized nature of governance and public administration in Laos has kept much needed services and programs of government distant from rural populations. Limited participation of people in governance and planning hampers the effectiveness of programs in addressing poverty and … Continue reading

Sustainable natural resource management through Land Use Planning

Increasing pressure on land resources through foreign and local investments, the resettlement of very remote villages and a growing population, as well as partially outdated local knowledge of agricultural production, requires strategic management of land and natural resources. Land Use … Continue reading

Securing livelihoods through land registration

Registration of landownership serves to ensure land rights and tenure security of the rural population, in particular the poor, and to promote their willingness to invest in their land. Therefore the Lao Government aims to establish land administration countrywide. The … Continue reading

Community driven development through Small Scale Infrastructure

Infrastructure is one key element for improving and ensuring access to services, markets, schools etc. It is an essential contribution to reduce poverty in the poorest areas. However, infrastructure development does not yet reach the poorest regions in the Northern … Continue reading

Integrating Gender into development planning

“Integrated Rural Development” and “participatory” local processes obviously require all people to take part. In reality, however, it is challenging to ensure equal participation, especially of women. Local women tend not to join development activities. . Either they do not … Continue reading