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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The case studies complement the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) guides, which are being launched this week by GFDRR and UNDP at the Second World Reconstruction... Show More + Conference (WRC 2). The guides provide recommendations on how to assess damages after a disaster, and help countries better plan, design and implement post-disaster recovery and reconstruction programs. “Large-scale natural disasters, particularly in fragile and developing countries can set back years of development achievements. While we can’t eliminate future disasters completely, we can learn from each event so that when we rebuild, we reduce identified vulnerabilities,” said Francis Ghesquiere, head of the GFDRR Secretariat.But resilience is not only about the end result – the new buildings and infrastructure -- but also about how the process is carried out. By engaging the local government and affected communities, the reconstruction process can strengthen social c Show Less -
Additional financing of US$ 21 million for Lao Road Sector Project signed today at Ministry of FinanceVientiane, August 8, 2012 – The World Bank and the Government of Lao PDR signed today the financing... Show More + agreement for an additional grant of US$21 million for the Lao Road Sector Project. The agreement was signed by H.E Mr. Santiphab Phomvihane, Vice Minister of Finance, for Lao PDR and Ms. Keiko Miwa, Country Manager, for the World Bank to Lao PDR. The main objectives of this project are to improve road services on National Roads 1B and 6A in Phongsaly and Huaphan provinces respectively, to support maintenance works on critical sections of the provincial road network, and to establish a contingency fund for rapid disaster response. The additional grant builds on good progress in the implementation of the original grant of US$27.8 million, which was approved in 2010.The additional grant will finance features that reinforce the disaster resilience of the above-mentioned roads, such as slope Show Less -