Lao PDR will benefit from US$72 million in new financing, under three projects approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, which focus on reducing malnutrition in children and improving public resource use and service delivery. The innovative multi-sectoral nutrition convergence approach will come together in Xieng Khouang, Houaphan, Phongsaly, and Oudomxay provinces.
Social protection programmes are now widely recognised as key policy instruments for developing countries to combat poverty. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has explicitly recognised the importance of implementing “nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors” as an explicit target under Sustainable Development Goal 1: “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”.1 Nonetheless, knowledge of specific programmes being implemented across developing countries can be fragmented or inaccessible.
The report presents an inventory of non-contributory social protection programmes in South and East Asian countries and the Pacific Islands. It is based on an extensive review of official government documents and websites, reports and relevant documents produced by international organisations, and academic papers. All documents consulted during the production of this inventory are listed in the References and Notes sections and available at socialprotection.org.
The Social Protection and Sustainable Livelihoods (SPSL), part of Laos-Australia Rural Livelihood Program (LARLP), focuses on giving poor families greater opportunities for income generation. This assignment contributes to the first of two components, Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) and Technical Assistance for Strengthening Social Protection.
Studies conducted in many parts of the world have shown the importance of School Meal Programs (SMP) as an important intervention for achieving Education for all as well as national socio-economic development. School meal programs are a unique development intervention that can leverage the effects of other social, health and nutrition interventions.
This is the mid-term evaluation (MTE) of the school feeding programme (SFP) implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Lao PDR with the support of the McGovern-Dole (MGD) Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective of the evaluation was to assess the performance of the programme interventions for the specific purposes of accountability and learning.