March 15, 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

IWD Presenter Profile - The Oxfam Inclusion Project

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. At the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Australian Embassy in Lao PDR, , Oxfam presented their experience and lessons learned from working with hydropower companies, the National University of Laos and Lao Women’s Union to implement gender mainstreaming in policy and practice. A key lesson about gender mainstreaming in the water sector relates to the consistent and persistent effort needed to translate gender-sensitive policies into practice. This requires building understanding of partners to take practical actions in specific context.

ໂຄງການສົ່ງເສີມການມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມ (The Oxfam Inclusion Project) ແມ່ນໄດ້ຮັບທຶນຈາກ ລັດຖະບານອົດສະຕາລີພາຍໃຕ້ແຜນງານຄຸ້ມຄອງຊັບພະຍາກອນນ້າໃນຂົງເຂດແມ່ນ້າຂອງ (Greater Mekong Water Resource Program). ເພື່ອສ້າງຂີດຄວາມສາມາດ ແລະ ການມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມຂອງແມ່ຍິງໃນແຜນງານຄຸ້ມຄອງຊັບພະຍາກອນນ້າໃນຂົງເຂດແມ່ນ້າຂອງ.ໃນກອງປະຊຸມແລກປ່ຽນບົດຮຽນກ່ຽວກັບບົດບາດຍິງຊາຍ ແລະ ການມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມຂອງຄົນພິການ,​ອົງການ Oxfam ໄດ້ນໍາສະເຫນີປະສົບການ ແລະ ບົດຮຽນທີ່ພວກເຂົາໄດ້ຮຽນຮູ້ຈາກຫລາຍບໍລິສັດເຄື່ອນໄຟຟ້ານ້ໍາຕົກ, ມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລແຫ່ງຊາດ ແລະ ສະຫະພັນແມ່ຍິງລາວ ເພື່ອຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດກິດຈະກໍາການເຊື່ອມສານວຽກງານບົດບາດຍິງ­ຊາຍເຂົ້າໃນນະໂຍບາຍ ແລະ ການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດ. ບົດຮຽນທີ່ສໍາຄັນກ່ຽວກັບກິດຈະກໍາການເຊື່ອມສານວຽກງານບົດບາດຍິງ­ຊາຍໃນຂະແຫນງນ້ໍາແມ່ນກ່ຽວກັບຄວາມສອດຄ່ອງ ແລະ ຄວາມພະຍາຍາມທີ່ສະໝຳ່ສະເໝີ ແລະ ຕໍ່ເນື່ອງ ທີ່ຈຳເປັນຕໍ່ການຜັນຂະຫຍາຍນະໂຍບາຍກ່ຽວກັບບົດບາດຍິງ-ຊາຍເຂົ້າໃນພາກປະຕິບັດຕົວຈິງ. ກິດຈະກຳນີ້ຈໍາເປັນຕ້ອງສ້າງຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈໃຫ້ແກ່ຄູ່ຮ່ວມງານ ເພື່ອການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດທີ່ເປັນໄປໄດ້ໃນສະພາບການສະເພາະໃດຫນຶ່ງ.



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 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.

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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