Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


The impact of road development on poverty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

This paper summarizes evidence suggesting that road improvement in rural areas can contribute significantly to lowering the incidence of poverty, improving educational participation of primary school aged children, and reducing rates of illness. This is done in the context of rural areas of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It is widely recognized that rural roads in the countries are a major developmental problem. It seems obvious, just by inspecting these roads, that improving them would produce benefits. But demonstrating and quantifying the effects on indicators relevant to the Millennium Development Goals, such as the incidence of poverty, educational participation and health standards, is another matter.


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