Lao PDR ranks 139 on the Human Development Index. SNV has supported over 6,300 people in increasing food security, 630,000 in accessing clean cookstoves and 370,000 in safe sanitation.

Sanpanthong Tai Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane, PO Box 9781

Present since2003


SNV has had a presence in Lao PDR since 1993. We established an independent organisation in 2003.  

In Lao PDR, SNV implements agri-food, energy and water projects. We prioritise interventions that address gender inequalities and barriers to social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and institutional strengthening.  

Our work is aligned with Laos PDR’s 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan and the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy. 

In the agri-food sector, we have contributed to reducing the stunting prevalence of children under five. We work on commercialising agriculture value chains by strengthening farmer linkages to markets and improving the enabling environment for agro-enterprise and value chain development. 

Through our close collaboration with government partners, 140 villages have been declared open defecation-free (ODF), and we have improved the capacity of our stakeholders in rolling out climate-resilient WASH services. As for our interventions in the energy sector, we have focused on disseminating certified cookstoves made from locally available materials. We continue to work on the energy regulatory space by supporting the roll-out of clean energy projects.  

News and stories from Lao PDR

Impact story

Realising government ambitions for more inclusive WASH services in Asia


Australian WASH support extended to focus on climate resilience

Champhone district resident drawing water stored in container (Bart Verweij for SNV)

Working with men to achieve gender transformation

Ms Chomsy Ngamvilay [on right], Deputy Head of the Atsaphone District Health Office, Savannakhet Province in Lao PDR

Leading with courage and confidence

Toumkham Phetsalath, Deputy Head of the Champhone District Health Office in Lao PDR
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Meet our team in Lao PDR

Anna Mutta

Anna Mutta

Country Director
Baburam Paudel

Baburam Paudel

Sector Leader
Rachel Pringle

Rachel Pringle

Sector Leader
Ranjan Shrestha

Ranjan Shrestha

Project Manager

Donors and partners in Lao PDR

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
World Bank
World Food Programme
Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Lao Ministry of Health
Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI) - Laos
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