May 16, 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

Australian Aid and Ministry of Planning and Investment team up to improve ODA monitoring

A significant step towards developing a centralised and coherent approach to monitor all Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the Lao PDR has been taken with the handover of a new ODA management information system (MIS) between the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and development partners on Wednesday.


In 2016, the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment approached the Australian Government through the Laos Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF) to help bolster its performance and processes in monitoring all ODA coming into the Lao PDR. Australia responded favourably, in line with its engagement to increase aid transparency and coordination for better ODA alignment and harmonisation under the Vientiane Declaration signed in 2015.


Led by the DIC, the design of the new monitoring system started in May 2017 with the support of a Laos-based IT consultancy, Saingasith IT Consulting Co. Ltd. Based on information collected from each Project Implementation Unit (PIU), the new MIS will support the Government of Laos to manage ODA investments and deliver against the country’s National Socioeconomic Development Plan targets.


Preparing for a national rollout, the system has been piloted in two provinces (Champassack and Luang Prabang) and across four central ministries (MoES, MoIC, MoNRE, MoAF). Lessons have been learned and adjustments made.  Beginning in June, Australia will continue to support MPI DIC to roll out the system nationwide.



DFAT Social Development Specialist, Ms Mia Urbano presented Australia’s initiatives that promote gender equality and disability inclusion in innovative ways at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Embassy.

Ms Phatsala Insalong is self-employed operating a t-shirt printing business with 8 staff members. She is one of the 18 participants of a Disability Inclusive Development English language program funded by Australian Aid under the Laos Australia Institute. Her story was presented at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Australian Embassy in Laos PDR.

The NGO Consortium funded by the Basic Education Quality Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) program provides small grants in target communities to enable out-of-school children to participate in learning activities. A whole of community approach is used to respond to the needs of girls and children with a disability

The population of Lao PDR has low access to formal banking (25% of people save at a bank) and informal savings (by 37% of people). The Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) program implemented by GIZ and funded by Australia Aid aims to improve financial inclusion of poor households in 6 targeted districts

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) supports its members by providing capacity building, providing a platform for employers to find skilled workers and seek partnerships to improve private sector engagement. LNCCI is a partner in the World Bank-managed Trade Development Facility II, in which Australia is one of the multiple donors.

The Oxfam Inclusion Project is funded by Australia’s Greater Mekong Water Resource Program to strengthen women capacity and participation in water governance in Mekong region

On March 7th, the Australian Embassy in Laos and the Laos Australia Development Learning Facility celebrated the importance of International Women’s Day by holding a cross-learning workshop focused on gender equality and disability inclusion in the Lao PDR.

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