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.