Democratic Governance

  • People's perspective on access to justice survey in four provinces of Lao PDR

    The Access to Justice Survey, the first of its kind, attempts to provide policymakers, the legal system, civil society and development partners with a snapshot of the current capabilities of the Lao people to take full advantage of their rights. In particular, the survey is concerned with people’s ability to seek and obtain remedies for grievances that constrain the fulfillment of those rights, including family conflicts, violence, theft, land disputes, debt and other issues.

  • Communication for Empowerment in Lao PDR

    The Communication for Empowerment (C4E) study encompasses both a national overview and a field study. The national overview includes a section on the situation of ethnic peoples and the status of their development, as well as an overview of the current media and information and communication technology (ICT) landscape. The field study includes findings and results of media research conducted in three different locations in Lao PDR inhabited by ethnic peoples.

  • Customary Law and Practise in Lao PDR

    The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.


UNDP promotes effective, open decision making to improve governance in Lao PDR, supporting the Government’s strategic plan for effective governance through 2020. This is central to consolidating the impressive national development progress already achieved in many areas and ensuring that growth benefits all people in the country and does not harm the environment.