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Assessment of Development Results - Lao PDR (Second Assessment)

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This independent Assessment of Development Results in Lao PDR, conducted by the Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is part of a series of country-level evaluations. The evaluation examined the UNDP contribution to Lao PDR’s development from 2007 to 2010 and provides forward-looking recommendations that are useful for the formulation of the new UNDP country programme in Lao PDR.

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Conclusions and recommendations

The highest priority of the Government of Lao PDR is to graduate from the LDC status by 2020. To this end, the government has devised strategies to ensure rapid and pro-poor growth, to develop a legal and governance structure commensurate with a modern globalized economy, and to pursue economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner. In all these areas, UNDP has been playing a major role in assisting the government in devising as well as implementing strategies. UNDP has also made a major contribution on the issue of special significance to Lao PDR – mitigating impact of UXO inherited from the Second Indochina War. While focusing mainly on long-term development, UNDP has also responded flexibly to meet the short-term needs of the government in dealing with natural disasters and epidemics.

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