Lao PDR is experiencing tremendous economic, social, and environmental change and an associated expansion in challenges and opportunities: accelerating capital investment, intensifying resource use and extraction, and unprecedented macroeconomic growth. In the hydropower sector, despite improved policy, laws, and governance structures, government and community groups continue to struggle to monitor and shape an industry dominated by some of the world’s largest and most savvy multi-national investment, construction, and consulting firms. Using participatory action research, the MK11 research team, comprising representatives from three main stakeholder groups—local impact groups, government agencies, and central government ministries—worked to improve the application of Lao policy in two hydropower development projects by improving communications systems and establishing a governance feedback mechanism. The improved communications systems, modeled on Village Focus International’s (VFI) work in the area of land entitlements education and conflict resolution, was meant to improve understanding of hydropower governance among impacted communities and the involved government agencies. The governance feedback mechanism was modeled after VFI’s work on village and sub-district conflict prevention and resolution.
MK11 was led by Village Focus International (VFI), working in partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos (NUOL); the Water Resources Research Centre, Natural Resources and Environment Institute, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE); the Department of Energy Policy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM); and the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Relations.
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Facilitator Guidelines for Posters
Grievance Committee Primer
Report from Study Tour from Gnoy District
Yhoksamay Lathsavong, Reid Magdanz, Chanseng Phongpachith, Sithon Pangpasurth, Sipapay Hydropower Policy Implementation at Nam Theun-Hinboun and Nam Theun 2
Report from Study Tour from Hinhuep District
Yhoksamay Lathsavong, Reid Magdanz, Khontavan
Hydropower Policy Implementation at Namlik 1
MK11 was a CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food initiative supported by funding from Australian Aid.
November 2012 to December 2013
Contact the team:
Project Leader: Mr. Richard Reece – firstname.lastname@example.org