March 17, 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

IWD Presenter Profile - Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) implemented by GIZ        

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. To achieve this, the AFP has successfully built a network of village banks, focusing on women’s representation in decision-making and on women’s access to savings and credit and financial literacy. As a result of increased access to credit, women take out loans for: agriculture inputs (45%), retail enterprise (34%), house maintenance (9%), education (5%), emergency and health cost (3%). 1 in 3 Village Bank Committee members are women. Although 60% of female members feel they can participate in the Committees’ decisions, they would like to improve their skills and confidence in financial management. Examples of good practice in the AFP were presented by GIZ at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Embassy.

ປະຊາຊົນລາວມີີຈຳນວນຫນ້ອຍທີ່ສາມາດເຂົ້າເຖິງນໍາໃຊ້ບໍລິການຈາກທະນາຄານ (25% ຂອງປະຊາກອນມີບັນຊີເງິນຝາກທະນາຄານ) ແລະ ເງິນຝາກ ນອກລະບົບ (37% ຂອງປະຊາກອນ). ໂຄງການການເງິນຈຸນລະພາກ-ການເຂົ້າຫາແຫຼ່ງທຶນຂອງຜູ້ທຸກຍາກ (AFP) ຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດໂດຍອົງການ GIZ ເຊິ່ງໄດ້ຮັບທຶນຊ່ວຍເຫລືອຈາກ ລັດທະບານອົດສະຕາລີ ເພື່ອແນໃສ່ການປັບປຸງການເຂົ້າເຖິງແຫລ່ງທຶນຂອງຄອບຄົວຜູ້ທຸກຍາກ ໃນ 6 ເມືອງເປົ້າຫມາຍ. ເພື່ອບັນລຸເປົ້າໝາຍດັ່ງກ່າວ ໂຄງການ AFP ໄດ້ສ້າງເຄືອຄ່າຍຂອງທະນາຄານບ້ານ ໂດຍແນ່ໃສ່ເພີມບົດບາດຂອງແມ່ຍິງໃນການຕັດສິນໃຈ ແລະ ເຂົ້າເຖິງການຝາກປະຢັດ, ການປ່ອຍກູ້ຢືມ ແລະ ຄວາມຮູ້ທາງດ້ານການເງິນ. ເນື່ອງຈາກການເຂົ້າເຖິງສິນເຊື່ອໄດ້ຫລາຍຂຶ້ນ, ຜູ້ຍິງໄດ້ກູ້ຢືມເງິນສຳລັບ ວຽກກະສິກຳ 45%), ຄ້າຂາຍ (34%), ສ້ອມແປງເຮືອນ (9%), ການສຶກສາ (5%), ສຸຂະພາບ ແລະ ສຸກເສີນອື່ນໆ (3%). 1 ໃນ 3 ຂອງຄະນະກໍາມະການບ້ານແມ່ນຜູ້ຍິງ. ເຖິງວ່າ 60% ຂອງແມ່ຍິງທີ່ເປັນຄະນະກໍາມະການຄິດວ່າພວກເຂົາສາມາດເຂົ້າຮ່ວມໃນການຕັດສິນໃຈຕ່າງໆຂອງຄະນະກໍາມະການ, ແຕ່ວ່າພວກເຂົາກໍຍັງຢາກປັບປຸງທັກສະ ແລະ ຄວາມຫມັ້ນໃຈໃນວຽກງານຄຸ້ມຄອງການເງິນ. ອົງການ GIZ ໄດ້ນໍາສະເຫນີຕົວຢ່າງຜົນການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດກິດຈະກຳ ໃນກອງປະຊຸມ ວັນແມ່ຍິງສາກົນ 2018 ທີ່ຈັດຂຶ້ນໂດຍ ສະຖານທູດອົດສະຕຣາລີ ປະຈຳ ສປປ ລາວ.



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.

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 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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