Primary Education Evaluation Studies - Teacher Recruitment

This evaluative study explores the recruitment and deployment of primary school teachers in Lao PDR.

The study analyses root causes of the on-going imbalance in primary teacher supply across the country, particularly in remote and rural schools and acknowledges that teacher distribution is an on-going issue in the education sector.

Primary Education Evaluation Studies - Teacher Recruitment

This evaluative study explores the readiness and motivation of primary school teachers to change teaching practices.


The study describes and analyses the readiness of primary school teachers to change, the factors that motivate them to change, and the constraints that they face in changing how they teach and what they teach.

Household Responses to Access of Finance through GIZ-AFP Village Banks

This evaluative study focuses on household responses to changes in access to finance resulting from village banks established by GIZ's Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) program. 

The study was conducted in the southern provinces of Saravanh, Savannakhet and Champassak where the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs funds the AFP program. 

The study found that households respond to village banks by increasing their savings rate, making use of credit for emergencies, consumption smoothing and enterprise development and feeling more confident and in control of their future.

Trade Development Facility 2 -
Case Studies

LADLF conducted interviews with representatives of five small and medium enterprises that had received a Business Assistance Facility (BAF) grant and two small enterprises that had staff complete training at the Garment Skills Development Centre through the Trade Development Facility. 

The findings of several interviews were compiled into case studies which show how the Trade Development Facility supports Lao PDR enterprises to grow and become more competitive with a focus on issues of motivation, capacity, innovation and business environment.

Digital Financial Services in Lao PDR: Readiness and Opportunities

This study explores the growing role of digital financial services in the Lao PDR economy. 

While cash remains the norm for holding, transacting and transferring funds, there are clear signs of readiness and early signs of adoption of formal financial services and electronic payments systems.

Sam Sang in Practice: Early Lessons from Pilot Implementation

The purpose of this study is to provide the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, the Poverty Reduction Fund implementers and development partners with a better understanding of the Sam Sang directive in terms of its objectives, processes and outcomes to date as well as practical challenges.

The study particularly focuses on identifying alignment and practical roles and responsibilities of government agencies and their staff under the directive at the provincial, district and village levels. 

The study did not assess the impact of the Sam Sang pilot on people or their livelihoods.

UXO Lao Post Clearance Impact Assessment Readiness Assessment

This document summarises the key findings of a study assessing potential for adding Post Clearance Impact Assessment (PCIA) to UXO Lao’s current monitoring and evaluation procedures.

Summary Of Social Protection in Lao PDR

This report is a synthesis of a comprehensive baseline analysis commissioned by LADLF and carried out by Rita Gebert with support from the Social Protection and Sustainable Livelihoods (SPSL) component of the Lao-Australian Rural Livelihoods Programme.

Its aim is to assist the Government of Lao PDR in developing a national social protection system for Lao PDR. The study provides evidence on the current situation and suggests future areas of focus based on these findings.

Research Capacity And Science To Policy Processes In Lao PDR

This study was designed to enable LADLF to gain a better understanding of research partner constraints, limitations and processes, which can affect their potential to provide relevant and needed information to the Government and its policy processes.

The study was comprised of 23 face-to-face interviews with Lao Government and university-based researchers that focused on stakeholders currently involved in activities supported by LADLF. 

Study to Analyze Institutional Constraints to Effective Implementation of the National Nutrition Policy in Lao PDR

This study seeks to identify the critical institutional barriers that constrain effective implementation of the Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security Action Plan (FNS-AP) 2014-2020.

The study outlines key findings and prioritised recommendations arising from an initial scoping phase carried out over two months. 

Good Practices for RLP in Laos

This rapid appraisal reviews more than 10 years of experience in Laos and other Asian countries to identify good agricultural practices for better growth and results in targeted livestock production enterprises. 

The information is designed to complement local knowledge and experience, resources developed by the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor program and information available from the District Agriculture and Forestry Office.

Good Practices for Pigs in Laos

This rapid appraisal of good agricultural practices reviews more than 10 years of experience in Lao PDR and Vietnam to identify good practice pig production for better growth and results. 

The information collected is designed to complement Pig Raising in Remote and Rural Laos published by CARE International, and available in Lao PDR.

Good Practices for Livestock Systems

This rapid appraisal of good agricultural practice reviews experience in South East Asia to identify good practice choices between livestock fattening and breeding for poor households in Lao PDR. 

Smallholder livestock in South East Asia is mostly produced in extensive systems with low capital and other inputs - resulting in low productivity. 

Good Practices for Poultry in Laos

This rapid appraisal of good agricultural practices reviews more than 10 years of experience in Laos, Vietnam and Bangladesh to identify good practice management of poultry for better growth and results.

In Laos, except for some commercial chicken farms, farmers tend to raise local breeds of chickens and ducks using a free-range scavenging system. The productivity of these production systems depends on the scavenging feed resource base and the health of the birds - both of which represent common property challenges for a village community. 


Good Practices for Goats in Laos

This rapid appraisal of good agricultural practices reviews more than 10 years of experience in Laos and Vietnam to identify good practice feeding of goats for better growth and results.

Research in Lao PDR shows the performance of goats is generally far below potential because of limited grazing area, low inputs, as well as low quantity and quality of forage (grasses and herbs) and browse (trees and bushes).

Rural Development Sector Performance Report 2014

This was the first annual Rural Development Sector Performance Report providing an update on contextual developments and progress against expected end-of-program outcomes.

The report also looks at issues in the implementation of the Australian Aid Rural Development Sector Investment Plan (RDSIP) and a summary of key findings from research and evaluation studies carried out in the context of the RDSIP.

NUOL Forum - "Pathways to Sustainable Development" Report

This report provides a summary of a forum organised by the National University of Laos in cooperation with the National Economic Research Institute and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute on "Pathways to Sustainable Development" in 2014.

The purpose of the forum was to create a platform to allow Lao researchers and their partners to present and discuss research findings with relevance to Lao agriculture, natural resource management and rural development efforts. 

Final Evaluation of the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor Pilot

This report presents findings from an evaluation of the DFAT-funded Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor pilot program in Lao PDR. 

It provides key lessons for future investments in the social protection sector in Lao PDR and elsewhere and contributes to the literature on asset and social transfers in response to poverty reduction in Lao PDR.

Rapid Appraisal of Labor Market Information in Laos

In this presentation, we examine what information is available from existing studies on Lao labour market and what information the Government of Lao PDR
and businesses like LNCCI need to inform their HRM and HRD policies and strategies going forward.

Data Visualization; Charting change in Official Development Assistance to Lao PDR

In this presentation we look at using data visualization to represent and intereact with changing landscape of official development assitance to Lao PDR.

Macroeconomics - Monitoring Economic Performance

In this presentation for training on macroeconomics we look at monitoring economic performance and ask if the shrinking fiscal space affects the economy.

Analysis of Participation in BCEL's Community Money Express

In this paper, we aim to assess the gains of rural people from digital financial services by looking at their participation in the Banque pour le Commerce Extérieur Lao's Community Money Express or BCOME using data from May 2015 to January 2017.