Lao DECIDE Info - Informing Decisions for Sustainable Development
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The Lao DECIDE info is an initiative of the Government of the Lao PDR that strives to improve access to key data and information for development planning and well-informed decision-making in the Lao PDR.
The web platform is designed to facilitate sharing and integration of official data and information among sectors and administrative levels. While the data and information on the DECIDE info platform is owned by individual institutions of the Government of the Lao PDR, access is granted to a wide range of users.
Through a set of tools, key national information bases are made accessible for geographic exploration, querying, analysing, and downloading. The DECIDE platform is designed to offer tools for a variety of different users, including simple map explorers for the novices, to advanced spatial query tools for more experienced analysts. Equally, the data and information is made available in various formats that suit the individual needs of a diversity of users. The Lao DECIDE info platform thereby actively promotes the use and exchange of spatial and statistical data across sectors.
The platform initially piloted with village-level information from the Lao national Population and Housing Census 2005, and currently expands the range of data to incorporate high-resolution data from the Lao Census of Agriculture 2010/11, as well as potentially in the near future from the national State Land Leases and Concessions Inventory to facilitate interdisciplinary, spatially integrated development planning.


Lao Statistics Bureau

The Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has a mandate to collect, compile, process, analyse and report official statistics on development trends in the Lao PDR, and is in charge of coordinating among various sectorial agencies responsible for statistical information. Furthermore, LSB is tasked with supplying statistics to all organizations of the party and the government, across the various sectors and administrative levels, for purposes including policy research, and social-economic development monitoring, planning and analysis. A move towards utilizing statistics in decision-making has occurred not only in socio-economic development planning but also in the performance of follow-ups and evaluations of national objectives such as alleviating poverty, and freeing the Lao PDR from the status of least developed country by 2020. Statistical data is also a tool for helping the Lao PDR fulfil its responsibilities within regionalization and globalization frameworks.
Xiengve Road, Ban Sithane Neua, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 214740; Email:

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

In June 2011, the national assembly of Lao PDR has endorsed the establishment of the Ministry of Natural Resources and environment (MoNRE), merging the former Water Resources and Environment Administration, the Land Management Administration, the Geology Department, and some divisions from the Forestry Department into the newly established Ministry. The draft natural resources and environment plan for 2011-2015 is the result of a compilation of the relevant subsector plans under MoNRE, which are reflected in the 7th National Economic and Social Development Plan for 2011 – 2015. The Ministry therein recognizes the need for having reliable data and information as basic tools to support decision-making and policy formulation.
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

In its Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS) 2011-2020 – an integral part of the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) recognizes the need for sound information bases for monitoring and informed planning and decision-making towards achieving the sector-specific goals of achieving food security, pro-poor and green value chains, sustainable production patterns and sustainable forest management. The Censuses of Agriculture 1999 and 2010/11 is seen as key databases for sector-wide impact monitoring, analysis and planning.
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

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Centre for Development and Environment

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is the University of Bern's centre for sustainable development research. Its mission is to contribute to sustainable development in countries of the North, South, and East, through research partnerships, education and training, development of concepts and tools, raising awareness, and policy advice. CDE focuses on management of natural resources, integrated regional development, and interventions that mitigate syndromes of global change. The Centre supports the principles of subsidiarity, empowerment and partnership, while acknowledging the importance of research, planning and decision-making at the regional, national and international levels. CDE is providing technical and conceptual expertise to the DECIDE info initiative.
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) office in the Lao PDR
c/o Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Prime Minister's Office compound, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 30 9881648; Email:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland's international cooperation agency. SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with developing countries, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services. To support increased transparency and well-informed decision-making, SDC has been funding the DECIDE info initiative since its initiation.
192/1 Sibounheuang Road, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 251 794/5

Key national development information bases included on the DECIDE platform

Population and Housing Census 2005

The 2005 Population and Housing Census is the third and most recent population census undertaken by the Government of Lao PDR. It was carried out by the Lao Bureau of Statistics (SL, formerly Lao Department of Statistics DoS) in March 2005, ten years after the second census of 1995, and included a full enumeration of the entire population of the country. A broad range of information, including information on demographics, migration, education, health, labour and employment, and housing was collected from every household and individual in the Lao PDR, making this enormous database a key dataset for national planning. In addition, GPS information on the location of every village in the country was collected during the Census.

Poverty estimates 2005

Combining information from the 2003 Lao Expenditure and Consumption Survey (LECS III), statistical techniques (so-called small-area estimation techniques) were applied by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) to estimate household welfare for every household in the Census. Through aggregation, the poverty incidence for all villages and districts was calculated. The database is the only high-resolution, national information base on household poverty in the Lao PDR, and thereby signifies a key information base for socio-economic development planning.

Lao Census of Agriculture 2010/2011

The Lao Census of Agriculture 2010/11 was the second agricultural census undertaken in the Lao PDR. Since the first in 1998/99, the agricultural sector underwent significant changes. This Census of Agriculture was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), with support from the Lao Bureau of Statistics (LSB), and collected basic information on crop and livestock production from every household in the Lao PDR, as well as information on village infrastructure. A sample survey module collected detailed data on agricultural production activities from over 40 thousand farm households. The census data collection was undertaken in March 2011, whereby crop production data on the 2010 wet season and the 2010/11 dry season was collected.
GPS information on the location of all villages was done subsequent to the actual census in order to allow for geographic analysis of the census data.

National State Leases and Land Concession Inventory 2010

The Lao National Land Management Authority (NLMA) initiated the development of a spatially explicit national land concession inventory in 2009. With the technical support of the German Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), the nation-wide inventory collected data on more than 2,200 land concessions in the Lao PDR describing location, area, investor, purpose of exploration, etc. This unique database provides important insights into the overall dimensions and dynamics of large-scale investments in land in the Lao PDR, and, through spatial analysis, on the involved stakeholders, their networks, and of linkages to rural livelihoods.

Official Development Assistance

This Official Development Assistance (ODA) database was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in order to improve its project planning and monitoring capacities. This database records all ODA projects in which MAF is involved, and provides information on expenditures, partners, sector and area of intervention. Developed with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the database was geocoded in partnership with the Center for Development and Environment of the University of Bern. Mapping location of project activities offers a way to improve coordination among the numerous development partners, and helps project designers and planners to identify gaps in the geographic coverage of aid interventions.
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