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Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR - Patterns and trends from 2005 to 2015

This new Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR provides readers with a highly detailed, multidimensional set of insights into geographic and temporal patterns of the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the population of the Lao PDR. It combines statistical data from the last two Population and Housing Censuses of 2005 and 2015 with detailed geographic information to present a wealth of new information on a large set of highly detailed thematic maps that are accompanied with descriptive texts.
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00 ToC and Prefaces
01 Introduction
02 Demography
03 Migration
04 Literacy and education
05 Health
06 Ethnicity
07 Economic activities
08 Living conditions
09 Poverty
10 References
Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR - Patterns and Trends from 2005 to 2015

Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR - Patterns and trends between 1999 and 2011

This new atlas was co-developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern. It combines statistical data from the last two agriculture censuses with detailed geographic information to presents a wealth of new sector-specific information on a large set of highly detailed thematic maps. Not only does the atlas provide new insights into the current socio-economic and agricultural patterns in the country: It also reveals the dynamics over space and time within the decade-long inter-census period, at village-level and for the whole of the Lao PDR
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1 About the Atlas
2 National context
3 Introduction
4 Agricultural overview
5 Crops - annual
6 Crops - perennial
7 Livestock
8 References
Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR - Patterns and trends between 1999 and 2011

Assessing land investment quality: a methodology to assess the quality of land concessions and leases in the Lao PDR

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Assessing land investment quality

Where are the Poor? Lao PDR 2015 Census-based Poverty Maps

This report presents the main results from a poverty mapping analysis of Laos based on the 2012/13 LECS-5 survey and the 2015 Population and Housing Census. Monetary and non-monetary poverty indicators are presented at two different administrative levels: province and district. The non-monetary poverty indicators – closely related to the SDGs – were easily calculated directly from the Census databases. The monetary poverty indicators are based on a statistical methodology using survey and Census data to estimate poverty rates and other monetary poverty indicators at local levels.
The results show that for most indicators there is a relatively high level of heterogeneity across provinces and districts, raising the possibility of more efficient geographical targeting. Furthermore, the low correlations among the different indicators implies that policy makers need to have indicators specific to different objectives. A one-size-fits-all indicator does not yield efficient outcomes for any intervention.
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Lao PDR 2015 Census-based Poverty Maps

Is Economic Growth Increasing Disparities? A Multidimensional Analysis of Poverty in the Lao PDR

The Asian story of miraculous growth and poverty reduction has reinforced mainstream views of development that equate high and sustained economic growth with progress in human wellbeing. But understanding development only in terms of economic growth is not sufficient. This paper offers a different perspective on possible effects of Laos's transition from a subsistence-oriented economy to a market-oriented economy. We used a multidimensional poverty approach with panel data for the years between 2003 and 2013. Findings suggest that benefits were not equally distributed: 50 per cent of people moved in and out of poverty, and the other half was either non-poor (37%) or always poor (13%).
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Disparities Lao PDR_Bader2016

Concessions and Leases in the Lao PDR

This publication provides the first national overview of land concessions and leases in the Lao PDR. It was initiated in response to the rapid expansion of land deals and the corresponding demand for a data-driven assessment on a national scale. The analysis is based on a government database on land investment and includes both statistical and spatially referenced data, in combination with a range of socioeconomic and biophysical variables. This publication gives insight into key issues surrounding the land investment debate, and provides a valuable baseline for further research and informed, evidence-based policy making.
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Concessions and Leases in the Lao PDR

Socio-economic Atlas of the Lao PDR

The Atlas presents a comprehensiveset of maps on a wide range of socio-economicaspects of the population of the Lao PDR. For the first time, data from the National Population and Housing Census of 2005 have been mapped with a high degree ofspatial disaggregation.
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Socio-economic Atlas of the Lao PDR

The Geography of Poverty and Inequality in the Lao PDR

The study on poverty and inequality in the Lao PDR presents highly detailed information on the spatial distribution of welfare across the country, which have been developed through the application of small-area estimation techniques combining information from the 2003 Lao Expenditure and Consumption Survey and from the 2005 Population and Housing Census.
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Socio-economic Atlas of the Lao PDR

Posters

Thematic posters based on village-level data from the Population and Housing Censuses 2005 & 2015

These posters present the spatial patterns of a selection of thematic variables from the Population and Housing Census 2015, along with spatial patterns of changes in those indicators since the Population and Housing Census of 2005.
- Demographic dependency
- Education net enrolment rates
- Literacy
- Poverty
- Electricity
- Sanitation
- Agro-ecological region and Ethnicity
Report on the results of the Population and Housing Census 2015
Results of population and housing census 2015

Poster maps on village-level infrastructure based on information from the Population and Housing Censuses 2005 & 2015

These posters present spatial patterns of village-level infrastructure and population from the Population and Housing Census 2015, along with spatial patterns of changes in those indicators since the Population and Housing Census of 2005.
- Population distribution
- Schools
- Health facility
- Electrification
- Water supply
- Markets
- Road access
Provisional report on preliminary results of the Population and Housing Census 2015
Socio-economic Atlas of the Lao PDR

Policy briefs

Provincial & District Factsheets on Concessions and Land Leases in Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang Provinces

The provincial and district facts sheets present key results of an on-going nation-wide inventory of the land concessions.
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Luang Prabang
Xieng Khouang
Download District Factsheets of Luang Prabang:
Chomphet
Nambak
Nan
Ngoi
Pak-Ou
Pakxeng
Phonthong
Phoukhoun
Viengkham
XiengNgeun
Luangprabang
Download District Factsheets of Xieng Khouang:
Kham
Khoun
Mokmai
Nongghet
Paek
Phaxai
Phoukout
Provincial Factsheets

Creating Spaces to Improve Science–Policy Exchange in the Lao PDR

In Lao PDR, efforts are underway to foster exchange between scientists and policymakers. To this end, a first “Science–Policy Exchange” was held on 13-14 February 2014 in Vientiane. The purpose of the event was to create a space for dialogue between the various parties, and to take stock of the current practices of science–policy exchange in different thematic fields in the country. Concretely, the event aimed to obtain answers to the following questions: how can decision-makers tap new knowledge derived from the latest scientific research? And how can researchers best feed their scientific knowledge to the relevant decision-makers? The Science–Policy Exchange was co-hosted by the National University of Laos (NUOL), the Policy Think Tank of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), and the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).
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Policy Brief: Creating Spaces to Improve Science–Policy Exchange in the Lao PDR

Land concessions and leases in the Lao PDR

In the last decade, investment in land has boomed in the Lao PDR. This is grounded in the belief that land is currently underutilized, and that such investment can help develop infrastructure, contribute to poverty alleviation and boost productivity. But there is a lack of systematic, publicly available information about land concessions and leases on which to base analysis, debate, and action. This policy brief summarizes the results of the first national inventory of land concessions and leases. The inventory was conducted between 2007 and 2011 by the Government of Laos, with support from BMZ/GIZ. The data were analysed by CDE with support from Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
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Policy Brief: Land concessions and leases in the Lao PDR

Targeting poverty in the Lao PDR

Funds for poverty reduction are limited, so allocating them effectively is important in development planning. A common way to do this is to plot the distribution of poor people on maps, and then to target poverty-alleviation efforts at areas with the largest incidences of poverty. But this is a crude approach that risks missing a large share of the poor. This issue of Research Evidence for Policy shows how careful analysis of detailed spatial information can reveal patterns that are not immediately obvious. That can lead to better, more precise targeting well beyond a purely geographic focus on poor areas, and to more differentiated and spatially integrated development planning.
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Policy Brief: Targeting poverty in the Lao PDR

Info materials

Factsheet 2015

Lao DECIDE info supports integrated, evidence-informed development planning and decision-making in the Lao PDR. It does so by promoting data and information availability, sharing and analysis among Government sectors and administrative levels. Lao DECIDE info is a cross-sectoral initiative involving around a dozen departments of six different line Ministries of the Government of the Lao PDR. With the technical support of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, Switzerland, three main activity threads are underway.
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Factsheet 2015

Brochure 2013

This brochure presents the current status in 2013 of the Lao DECIDE info project and its partners. It includes an overview of available data and a quick manual on how to access these data.
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Brochure 2013

Guides and manuals

User Manual Online Platform

A step-by-step user manual for the Lao DECIDE info online platform. This manual provides a practical guide to the use of the Lao DECIDE info online tools.
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User Manual Online Platform

News coverage

A new atlas for the Lao PDR about to be published

The brand-new Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR 1999 - 2011 will be presented in the morning of Thursday June 21st at a workshop at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel in Vientiane.
This new atlas, co-developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, combines statistical data from the last two agriculture censuses with detailed geographic information to presents a wealth of new sector-specific information on a large set of highly detailed thematic maps. Not only does the atlas provide new insights into the current socio-economic and agricultural patterns in the country: It also reveals the dynamics over space and time within the decade-long inter-census period, at village-level and for the whole of the Lao PDR.
All interested guests are welcome to attend the workshop on 21st June 2018, 8:30-12:00 at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel in Vientiane.
A new atlas for the Lao PDR about to be published

Launching of the Poverty analysis report 2015

Launching of the Poverty analysis report 2015

Signing Ceremony Lao DECIDE info officially enters third phase

The Government of Switzerland has signed an agreement to support the Lao DECIDE Info decision support project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Somchit Inthamith, Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, and Ruth Huber, Regional Director for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) signed the agreement in a ceremony in Vientiane on 17 July 2014. SDC has supported the Lao DECIDE info project since 2009, as a follow-up to the "Lao Poverty Mapping and Socio-economic Atlas of Lao PDR" project (2006–2009). Currently in its third phase, Lao DECIDE info aims to make more socio-economic data readily available to Lao policymakers and thereby enable them to take well-informed development planning decisions. The project is implemented with technical support from the University of Bern's Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). This third phase has a budget of US$ 4.2 million (around 33.8 billion kip).
Signing Ceremony Lao DECIDE info officially enters third phase

Launching Ceremony: Cross-sectoral Lao DECIDE info platform

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Lao web-based information sharing system kicks off

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