The Official Development Assistance (ODA) is significant for Laos as it represents a considerable part of the resources required for implementation of the National socio-economic development plan. ODA reporting, data collection and validation processes is a collaboration of the government (national and provinces) and development partners especially at the local level where real interventions take place. To ensure the plans and actual expenditures, including the use of contribution funds for ODA programmes or projects are reflected in the public investment projects before reporting to the National Assembly of Lao PDR, there is a pressing need for Sector for International Cooperation (SIC) officials in provinces to have appropriate reporting and facilitation skills to handle effective and collaborative coordination meeting in their respective provinces.
Between 21st and 22nd February 2022, the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) organised a two-day training in Luangprabang province with a total of 29 attendees (13 female) who are from Sector for International Cooperation in seven targeted provinces. The training was chaired by the Director General of Department of International Cooperation-Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The training aimed to strengthen the effective ODA coordination and reporting at the provincial level for SIC officials in the seven targeted provinces. The training focused on effective organising and facilitating provincial coordination meeting with development partners related to ODA management.
The training was organised in an environment that had a positive atmosphere which made trainees feel more relax and engaged. There were many questions and answers during the discussion sessions after each working presentation of ODA coordination. Furthermore the trainees were able to demonstrate and facilitate the coordination meeting themselves while allowing the trainers and their peers to give comments and constructive and optimistic feedback.
The meeting is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the effectiveness of official development assistance management in Laos through the Project LAO/033, which intends to build and increase the capacity of the Ministry of Investment and Planning’s Department of International Cooperation and six provincial sections for international cooperation in the targeted provinces to improve ODA coordination and reporting effectively.
LAO/033 project is cofinanced by the Government of Laos and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and implemented by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency.↑ To the top