Results of ADB-supported Operations: Lao People's Democratic Republic

Since it started its operations in the country in 1968, ADB has been at the forefront of helping the Lao PDR meet its development challenges. ADB supported the government's development efforts in the transport, energy, and agriculture sectors after the war.

More recently, ADB assistance has broadened to include strengthening public financial management and improving health and education services. In addition, ADB has provided support to develop the private sector, boost regional links, and manage natural resources. In the power sector, ADB has been supporting the introduction of clean, renewable hydropower generation and climate change adaptation measures.

This country brief summarizes how the partnership between the Government of Lao PDR and ADB has contributed to the development of the country.

Results of ADB-Supported Operations in Lao PDR, 2010-2013

As of 31 December 2013 Download Excel file

Sector/Output Outputs Delivered
Energy
New households connected to electricity (number) 32,830
New households connected to electricity, Rural (number) 32,830
Transmission lines installed or upgraded (kilometers) 268
Distribution lines installed or updgraded (kilometers) 1,838
Transport
Use of roads built or upgraded (average daily vehicle-kilometers in the first full year of operation) 143,991
Roads built or upgraded (kilometers) 526
Expressways and national highways built or updgraded (kilometers) 210
Provincial, district, and rural roads built or upgraded (kilometers) 316
Roads built or upgraded, Rural (kilometers) 170
Roads built or upgraded, Urban (kilometers) 356
Water
Households with new or improved water supply (number) 5,458
Households with new or improved water supply, Rural (number) 1,309
Households with new or improved water supply, Urban (number) 4,149
Households with new or improved sanitation (number) 2,680
Water supply pipes installed or upgraded (length of network in kilometers) 4
Land improved through irrigation, drainage and/or flood management (hectares) 11,655
Finance
Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached (number) 13,239
Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached (Female, number) 8,857
Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached (Male, number) 4,382
Education
Students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities (number) 52,560
Female students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities (number) 25,229
Male students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities (number) 27,331
Teacher trained with quality or competency standards (number) 32,417
Female teacher trained with quality or competency standards (number) 13,779
Male teacher trained with quality or competency standards (number) 18,638

The table includes projects completed during the period, and funded by ADB's ordinary capital resources and/or the Asian Development Fund, cofinanciers, and the government. The outputs presented are limited to ADB's core sectors, as defined under Strategy 2020 and tracked through indicators in the ADB Results Framework. ADB monitors progress on these outputs in the annual Development Effectiveness Review. The numbers represent the sum of outputs and beneficiaries of individual projects. Therefore, the beneficiary numbers reported under education—teachers trained, and students benefitting from school improvement programs or direct support—include those who benefited from more than one project.

Source: ADB project completion reports

New households connected to electricity between 2010-2013: 32,830

Number of new households given electricity connection.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Project 2005 9/18/2003 6/23/2010 Successful 32,830
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

New households connected to electricity, Rural between 2010-2013: 32,830

Number of new rural households given electricity connection.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Project 2005 9/18/2003 6/23/2010 Successful 32,830
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Transmission lines installed or upgraded between 2010-2013: 268 kilometers

Length of power, gas, and oil transmission lines (ground distance in kilometers). For power transmission lines, this should be the simple distance from tower A to tower B and not the circuit-kilometer.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Project 2005 9/18/2003 6/23/2010 Successful 268
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Distribution lines installed or updgraded between 2010-2013: 1,838 kilometers

Length of the distribution network of lines or pipes installed and/or upgraded in kilometers, aggregating: (i) power distribution lines installed or upgraded, generally at 110 kilovolts or lower; (ii) district heating network pipes installed or upgraded; and (iii) urban gas supply network pipes installed or upgraded.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Project 2005 9/18/2003 6/23/2010 Successful 1,812
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 26
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Use of roads built or upgraded between 2010-2013: 143,991 average daily vehicle-kilometers in the first full year of operation

Traffic benefiting from built or upgraded roads in the year after project completion. Vehicles are buses, trucks, minivans, cars, motorcycles, and other motorized means of conveyance, depending on the country and location. Daily vehicle-kilometers is to be calculated by adding all distances in kilometers traveled by all types of vehicles in a day on roads built or upgraded.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 143,991
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Roads built or upgraded between 2010-2013: 526 kilometers

Length of expressways and national highways (i.e., fully access-controlled roadways) and provincial, district, and rural road networks (i.e., roads without full access control) built or upgraded, expressed in kilometers.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 29
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 271
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 226
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Expressways and national highways built or updgraded between 2010-2013: 210 kilometers

Expressways and national highways built or updgraded (kilometers)

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 210
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Provincial, district, and rural roads built or upgraded between 2010-2013: 316 kilometers

Length of expressways and national highways (i.e., fully access-controlled roadways) and provincial, district, and rural road networks (i.e., roads without full access control) built or upgraded, expressed in kilometers.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 29
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 61
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 226
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Roads built or upgraded, Rural between 2010-2013: 170 kilometers

Length of expressways and national highways (i.e., fully access-controlled roadways) and provincial, district, and rural road networks (i.e., roads without full access control) built or upgraded, expressed in kilometers.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 29
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 141
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Roads built or upgraded, Urban between 2010-2013: 356 kilometers

Length of expressways and national highways (i.e., fully access-controlled roadways) and provincial, district, and rural road networks (i.e., roads without full access control) built or upgraded, expressed in kilometers.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 271
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 85
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Households with new or improved water supply between 2010-2013: 5,458

All additional households that benefit from projects offering piped or non-piped water supply systems that are of a higher order than the system that the households used before (non-piped supply may include standpipes), and households that are already connected to a piped system but are provided with improved service, e.g., longer hours of service and/or increased pressure.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 1,309
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 949
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 3,200
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Households with new or improved water supply, Rural between 2010-2013: 1,309

All additional households that benefit from projects offering piped or non-piped water supply systems that are of a higher order than the system that the households used before (non-piped supply may include standpipes), and households that are already connected to a piped system but are provided with improved service, e.g., longer hours of service and/or increased pressure.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 1,309
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Households with new or improved water supply, Urban between 2010-2013: 4,149

All additional households that benefit from projects offering piped or non-piped water supply systems that are of a higher order than the system that the households used before (non-piped supply may include standpipes), and households that are already connected to a piped system but are provided with improved service, e.g., longer hours of service and/or increased pressure.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 949
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 3,200
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Households with new or improved sanitation between 2010-2013: 2,680

All additional households that benefit from projects offering a variety of sanitation systems to households that either did not benefit from sanitation systems before or benefit from systems of lesser order, and households that are already benefiting from sanitation services but are provided with improved service, e.g., sewer connection, septic tank, pour-flush, simple pit latrine, or ventilated improved pit latrine.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34321: Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Project Project 1989 12/20/2002 6/30/2009 Less successful 2,680
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Water supply pipes installed or upgraded between 2010-2013: 4 length of network in kilometers

All sizes of new and repaired or upgraded pipes intended to transport water for urban water use for domestic and nonagricultural business purposes, expressed as their aggregate length in the network, irrespective of pipe diameter, comprising mains as well as reticulation pipes.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 4
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Land improved through irrigation, drainage and/or flood management between 2010-2013: 11,655 hectares

Rural land area improved through any new or improved: (i) irrigation, (ii) drainage services, and (iii) flood management works.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-01: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project 2086 7/5/2004 2/23/2011 Successful 2,210
30254: Decentralized Irrigation Development and Management Sector Project Project 1788 11/28/2000 5/2/2010 Successful 9,445
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached between 2010-2013: 13,239

The number of end borrowers; or, if not available, the number or estimate of microfinance loan accounts opened (regardless of amount in currency) over the course of the project. All those reached by microfinance lending or saving group activities of the project are counted, including participants in self-help groups. The definition of microfinance follows country conventions.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
33357-013: Rural Finance Sector Development Program SDP-Program loan 2252/2253 2006 9/21/2012 Successful 11,695
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 1,544
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.
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Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached between 2010-2013: 8,857 Female, number

The number of end borrowers; or, if not available, the number or estimate of microfinance loan accounts opened (regardless of amount in currency) over the course of the project. All those reached by microfinance lending or saving group activities of the project are counted, including participants in self-help groups. The definition of microfinance follows country conventions.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
33357-013: Rural Finance Sector Development Program SDP-Program loan 2252/2253 2006 9/21/2012 Successful 7,792
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 1,065
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.
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Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached between 2010-2013: 4,382 Male, number

The number of end borrowers; or, if not available, the number or estimate of microfinance loan accounts opened (regardless of amount in currency) over the course of the project. All those reached by microfinance lending or saving group activities of the project are counted, including participants in self-help groups. The definition of microfinance follows country conventions.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
33357-013: Rural Finance Sector Development Program SDP-Program loan 2252/2253 2006 9/21/2012 Successful 3,903
31352: Small Towns Development Project Project 1994 1/28/2003 7/7/2010 Successful 479
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.
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Students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities between 2010-2013: 52,560

Total number of students benefiting from new or upgraded physical educational facilities.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 52,560
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Female students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities between 2010-2013: 25,229

Total number of female students benefiting from new or upgraded physical educational facilities.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 25,229
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Male students benefiting from new or improved educational facilities between 2010-2013: 27,331

Total number of male students benefiting from new or upgraded physical educational facilities.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 27,331
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Teacher trained with quality or competency standards between 2010-2013: 32,417

Number of teachers trained who are likely to improve teaching practices and support improvements in curriculum, textbooks, or pedagogy.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 32,417
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Female teacher trained with quality or competency standards between 2010-2013: 13,779

Number of female teachers trained who are likely to improve teaching practices and support improvements in curriculum, textbooks, or pedagogy.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 13,779
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.

Male teacher trained with quality or competency standards between 2010-2013: 18,638

Number of male teachers trained who are likely to improve teaching practices and support improvements in curriculum, textbooks, or pedagogy.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Project 1844 9/28/2001 12/29/2010 Successful 18,638
*The above table reflects project ratings from project completion reports. These ratings are updated with those from the project completion report validation reports and/or project/program performance evaluation reports when these reports become available.