Tag Archives: Child rights

Introduction (1.4)

1.4. Country Analysis The Lao PDR is one of the few countries which combine a market economy with a single party ‘socialist’ political system. The Lao PDR is off track to meet seven MDG targets, mostly relating to hunger, education and health. Income inequality is increasing. The population is largely rural, with most of the […]


1.1. 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 […]

Findings (2.2.4)

2.2.4. Child rights within EU development cooperation in Laos Child rights are highly present in the EU portfolio of development cooperation with Lao PDR; 60% of all actions, representing 58% of resources allocated, are somehow relevant to child rights. In Laos, because of the concentration of EU spending in nutrition, health and education, there is […]

Findings (2.2.3)

2.2.3. EU support to civil society engagement for child rights CSO action in Laos is tightly circumscribed by the Party-State, and Lao CSOs are a relatively new, relatively small and relatively inexperienced sector. However, within these constraints, the community of CSOs engaged on child rights themes is relatively well established. DP support flows mostly through […]

Findings (2.2.2)

2.2.2. The Lao Party-state and development cooperation The GoL child protection system is almost completely dysfunctional. Some 11,600 Child Protection Networks nominally exist, but CSOs estimate that only 156 are fully functional, despite years of “capacity building” support. There are multiple committees at village level, with largely overlapping membership. The Child Protection Network has a […]

Findings (2.2.1)

2.2. Findings on key questions 2.2.1. Trafficking and sexual exploitation In general, GoL discourages or forbids publication of findings that demonstrate the extent of social problems within society, unless these can be attributed to poverty or to negative external influences. For example, following several reports that identified evidence of commercial and exploitation of children by […]

Findings (2.1)

2.1. General findings Early marriage of girls (at 13-16) is common in some rural communities, particularly among some ethnic minorities. This partly reflects the subsistence rural economy, low levels of education, and low access to SRHR. The GoL may tolerate development cooperation projects that address these issues. However, there is also a more culturally and […]