Client name: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Duration: 2014 - 2017

Location: Laos  

Supporting human resource development in Laos to improve the quality of basic services for the people of Laos. 

Situation

Despite steady economic growth since the 1990s, Laos remains one of the poorest countries within its region. More than a quarter of its people live beneath the US$1 poverty line, with many more living just above it.

The rapid transition to a market economy, along with an increased demand for natural resources, have resulted in education and training systems falling behind demand and leaving a number of challenges, including the lack of human resources required for growth.

Solution

The Laos Australia Institute (LAI) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and Laos, created with the broad aim of improving the skills and capacity both at an individual and organisational level within priority economic and social services fields in order to ensure the on-going economic development of Laos.

The Laos Australia Institute, in cooperation with key government agencies and other organisations, aims to resolve many of those challenges, and meet the development challenges of the 21st century.

Results

The Laos Australia Institute works directly with key organisations, focusing on the specific needs and resources of each, in order to meet the organisation’s goals for human resources.

The Laos Australia Institute also manages a number of scholarships and training programs, including the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships and the Laos Australia National Scholarships. These are delivered in partnership with Vientiane College, the National University of Laos and Australian tertiary institutions.

Over the next four years, the Laos Institute will:

  • assist key ministries, training institutions and partner organisations to demonstrate better management, including the management of human resources
  • improve the development and application of sound policies and practices
  • improve participation of women in leadership and management roles
  • increase the capacity of people with disability, disabled persons’ organisations, and organisations involved in disability-inclusive development
  • increase collaboration and networking amongst participating individuals and organisations
  • improve recognition and acknowledgement of Australia as an active and responsive partner in the human resource development in Laos