Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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WASHINGTON D.C., June 23, 2015 — To enable the construction of vital infrastructure including schools, health clinics, roads and drinking water systems for poor communities across Laos, the World Bank’s... Show More + Board of Executive Directors today approved US$11.6 million in new financing for Lao PDR’s Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF).The objective of the PRF is to help improve access to and utilization of basic infrastructure and services for poor communities, and to achieve this using inclusive development processes, with an emphasis on sustainability. The financing is being provided in response to a request from the Lao government and allows the PRF to scale up some of the results of the project.“Since the second phase of the PRF project began in October 2011, more than 450,000 members of rural communities have in provinces such as Houaphan, Attapeu and Sekong have benefitted from it,” said Mr. Ulrich Zachau, Country Director of the World Bank for Southeast Asia.Specifically, the additional Show Less -
WASHINGTON D.C., June 23, 2015—Aiming to improve the health of women and children by supporting the Lao Government’s free maternal and child health services, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors... Show More + today approved funding of US$26.4 million from the International Development Association for the Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project.This project will help increase coverage of reproductive, maternal and child health for women, and coverage of nutrition services for children in 14 of Lao PDR’s 17 provinces.Over five years, the project is expected to benefit approximately one million women and children.The Lao Government has introduced free care for maternal and child health which has helped to reduce financial barriers to healthcare. However, problems with the availability of quality health services remain.In response, the project will assist the Government to develop an improved health management information system. Data from this system can be used to inform p Show Less -
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2015—The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today provided new financing of US$30 million for the Power Grid Improvement Project Lao PDR, which aims to improve the efficiency... Show More + and reliability of the country’ s electricity distribution network.The percentage of the Lao population with access to electricity increased significantly over the last two decades, from 15 percent in the mid-1990s to close to 90 percent in 2014. While increasing electrification has been a major success, the national power grid is increasingly facing new challenges related to the rapid increase in demand for electricity. In recent years, demand has grown by an average of 13 percent every year.The main challenges are inefficient transmission and distribution networks. In some areas, over 20 percent of the supply is lost during distribution, which contributes to the need to import electricity in certain parts of the country. In other parts of Laos—such as large urban areas where dem Show Less -
IDA Credit: US$30.0Terms: Maturity = 38 years, Grace = 6 yearsProject ID: P149599Project Description: The objective of the project is to help improve the efficiency and reliability of power distribution... Show More + in the selected load areas served by Electricité du Laos (EDL). Show Less -
IDA Credit: US$11.6 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 38 years, Grace = 6 yearsProject ID: P153401Project Description: The objective of the project is to help improve access to and the utilization of... Show More + basic infrastructure and services among the Project's targeted poor communities. Show Less -
IDA Credit: US$13.2 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 38 years, Grace = 6 yearsIDA Grant: US$13.2 million equivalentProject ID: P151425Project Description: The objective of the project is to help increase... Show More + the coverage of reproductive, maternal and child health, and nutrition services in target areas in Lao PDR. Show Less -