Where we engage

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Our field of activity is Southeast Asia - especially the countries Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Learn more about these countries and how we experience them.

Laos

Trapped between the economically flourishing countries of China, Vietnam and Thailand, Laos ekes out its existence as the poorest country in Asia. As a country with no access to the high seas and few natural resources, there is also little prospect of improvement. Although the state is trying to become the "battery of Southeast Asia" by generating electricity on the Mekong, this does little to help its own population. Like other Southeast Asian states, Laos is being overtaken economically by its big neighbour China, for example by the expansion of the Chinese mega infrastructure project "Belt and Road" Initiative.

In return, the country is rich in flora and fauna, which have also come under pressure in recent decades. Moreover, Laos is still gnawing away at the deadly legacy of the Vietnam War. Countless unexploded bombs and explosives make large parts of the country uninhabitable and unmanageable.

The Laotian culture with its numerous ethnic groups resembles a colourful patchwork quilt, but this does not disturb the inner peace. We have always experienced Laos as the most peaceful and friendly country in South East Asia.

Capital city

Vientiane

Offical language

Laotian

Population

7'062'000 (2018)

GDP Bio. US$

18,1

Education expenditures (in % of GDP)

22,3

Access to clean drinking water

82,1 %

Access to safe sanitation

74,5 %

Organisations we believe in

Laos

Lesen bildet – lesen macht Spass. Für viele Kinder in Laos stimmt seit vielen Jahren bloss der erste Teil dieser Aussage, meist kennen Sie nicht mal den Unterschied zwischen einem Schulbuch und einem belletristischen. Doch dank Big Brother Mouse ändert sich das langsam.

Laos

An poorly funded school system, too little or missing school materials, neglected infrastructure and underpaid teachers are a heavy mortgage for underdeveloped Laos, trapped between the economic powers of China, Thailand and Vietnam. EDF Lao tries to contribute to better education with pragmatic, simple and efficient solutions.

Laos

Die Zukunft des Asiatischen Elefanten sieht düster aus. Weniger als 1000 Tiere, wildlebende und domestizierte, gibt es aktuell noch im Land, das einst «das Land der Million Elefanten» hiess. Langsam findet auch in Laos ein Umdenken statt, doch von einer Rettung ist man noch weit entfernt, wie man im Elephant Conservation Center sieht.

Current projects

  • Education

    IT for Laos 3.0

    We are equipping the Laotian primary schools with computers - help now to carry out the third tranche of our major project.