Small, landlocked, and resource-rich Lao PDR has been quietly maintaining its place as one of East Asia and Pacific’s fastest growing economies for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, the average…

Stephen Danyo |

Photo: © Dini Sari Djalal/World Bank In the infrastructure domain, “price” is a prism with many façades.   An infrastructure economist sees price in graphic terms: the coordinates of a point where…

Melania Lotti |

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on…

Michael Crawford |

A clouded leopard in the Nam-Et Phou Louey National Protected Area, taken with a camera trap. Photo: ©Wildlife Conservation Society Lao PDR is rich with biodiversity. The country is home to…

George Stirrett, Stephen Danyo |

A mother brings her baby to Mitthaphap Hospital for a checkup. Photo: World Bank Lao PDR
On this Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, it is striking to us, working in Lao PDR’s health sector…

Somil Nagpal, Emiko Masaki |

What do you imagine when you hear the words “capacity development”? Most development professionals associate capacity development with training, seminars and perhaps study tours.  Most of the…

Jana Kunicova, Fanny Weiner, Soren Davidsen |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Lao PDR’s forests are home to incredible and diverse flora and fauna.  One of the areas with a high concentration of biodiversity and endangered native species is the Nam Et Phou Louey National…

George Stirrett |