Introduction

Laos 151.1. Purpose of the Note

This country case study is part of a wider series of 12 country case studies. This case study’s findings, along with the findings from the other case studies and long with the desk phase findings, will feed into the global assessment reported in the synthesis report.

1.2. Reasons for selection of Lao PDR

Lao PDR was selected as an Asian country, a Least Developed Country, a country with a restrictive legislative, regulatory and political environment for civil society, and a country where the EU has provided support to child rights through a variety of domains and instruments.

1.3. Main focus of this case study

The focus of this country note will be on the following questions.

  • Trafficking and sexual exploitation, which are growing threats to young Lao, and particularly to girls.
  • Challenges in development cooperation with a weak and aid-dependent state.
  • The challenges of working on child rights in the context of a restrictive legislative, regulatory and political environment for civil society.
  • Mainstreaming of child rights – looking at the EU’s current focal sectors of governance, education and nutrition
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