Promoting Women's Participation in Sustainable Tourism Development
Women in tourism-potential areas have had limited access to skills training, facilities, or the business services needed to access jobs in tourism-related service and production enterprises. The GMS Sustainable Tourism Development Project sought to help the governments of Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam find a sustainable, culturally and environmentally sound, pro-poor approach to tourism and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. It implemented a gender action plan with mechanisms to promote women’s participation in decision-making and increase their access to tourism-related economic opportunities. Read more.
New Irrigation Systems and Information are Helping Revive Livelihoods in Lao PDR
The GMS Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project, supported by a $36.5 million loan and grant from ADB, is helping communities living in the floodplain of the Mak Hiao River improve their agricultural productivity, economic activity, and livelihoods. This ADB assistance supported the design and implementation of measures to help farmers better manage floods and droughts in the provinces of Khammouan and Savannakhet, as well as in Vientiane. Read more.
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ADB Initiates Coronavirus Response
ADB approved $2 million in new funding to support efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The funds will supplement an ongoing regional technical assistance and strengthen response capacity in Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, the Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The assistance will fund the development of recommendations for improved outbreak investigation and surveillance, including in rural areas, and the strengthening of health systems’ resilience and capacity for epidemic response. It will support the supply of diagnostic and laboratory equipment for rapid testing to help combat the outbreak. Read more
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