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, 2004-2012

As of 31 December 2012 Download Excel file

Sector/Output Outputs Delivered
Education
Classrooms built or upgraded (number) 3,559
Teachers trained (number) 25,460
Students benefiting from school improvement programs or direct support (number) 264,405
Energy
Transmission lines installed or upgraded (kilometers) 624
Distribution lines installed or updgraded (kilometers) 2,977
New households connected to electricity (number) 58,476
Finance
Microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached (number) 6,877
Transport
National highways and provincial, district, and rural roads built or upgraded (kilometers) 2,539
Beneficiaries from road projects (number) 4,060,494
Water
Water supply pipes installed or upgraded: length of network (kilometers) 4
New households served with water supply (number) 20,252
New households served with sanitation (number) 5,310
Land improved through irrigation services, drainage, and flood management (hectares) 16,759

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

Classrooms built or upgraded between 2004-2012: 3,559

Classrooms cover (i) classrooms; (ii) laboratory rooms, including those for science, computers, and languages; (iii) lecture halls; (iv) libraries and workshop facilities; (v) auditoriums; and (vi) sports facilities, which may include gyms, and basketball and volleyball courts.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345-013: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Loan 1844 28-Sep-01 29-Dec-10 Successful 2,022
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 42
29288-013: Basic Education (Girls) Project Loan 1621 25-Jun-98 28-Jan-08 Successful 1,333
26328: Postsecondary Education Rationalization Project Loan 1374 19-Sep-95 14-Mar-03 Highly successful / successful 162
*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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Teachers trained between 2004-2012: 25,460

The number of teachers or professors trained over the duration of the project as a result of the project, both pre-service in order to become teachers; and in-service, for teachers to acquire or improve their teaching capacity. Teachers refer to those employed in formal primary, secondary, and tertiary education.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31345-013: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Loan 1844 28-Sep-01 29-Dec-10 Successful 18,592
29288-013: Basic Education (Girls) Project Loan 1621 25-Jun-98 28-Jan-08 Successful 6,733
26328: Postsecondary Education Rationalization Project Loan 1374 19-Sep-95 14-Mar-03 Highly successful / successful 135
*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 school improvement programs or direct support between 2004-2012: 264,405

Students benefiting from (i) school improvement programs (at the end of the project); or (ii) having received direct support through scholarships, feeding, or similar programs (total number over the duration of the project). School improvement programs include civil works and provision of equipment or furniture.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34231-013: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project Loan 1989 20-Dec-02 30-Jun-09 Less Successful 2,200
31345-013: Second Education Quality Improvement Project Loan 1844 28-Sep-01 29-Dec-10 Successful 178,000
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 1,050
29288-013: Basic Education (Girls) Project Loan 1621 25-Jun-98 28-Jan-08 Successful 77,242
26328: Postsecondary Education Rationalization Project Loan 1374 19-Sep-95 14-Mar-03 Highly successful / successful 5,913
*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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Transmission lines installed or upgraded between 2004-2012: 624 kilometers

The indicator covers power, gas, and oil transmission lines. It is the measure of the ground distance, in kilometers, traversed by the transmission line. For power transmission lines, we are looking for the simple distance from tower A to tower B and not the circuit-kilometers.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341-013: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Loan 2005 18-Sep-03 23-Jun-10 Successful 268
29273: Power Transmission & Distribution Project Loan 1558 30-Sep-97 01-Jun-04 Highly successful / successful 356
*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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Distribution lines installed or updgraded between 2004-2012: 2,977 kilometers

"Distribution lines installed or upgraded" is the aggregate of the following three sub-indicators: (i) km of power distribution lines installed or upgraded, generally at 110 kv or lower); (ii) km of district heating network pipes installed or upgraded; and (iii) km of 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
31341-013: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Loan 2005 18-Sep-03 23-Jun-10 Successful 1,812
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 Successful 26
29273: Power Transmission & Distribution Project Loan 1558 30-Sep-97 01-Jun-04 Highly successful / successful 1,139
*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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New households connected to electricity between 2004-2012: 58,476

The indicator is the number of new households connected to the grid. Only new household connections resulting from a project are counted; households already connected to the grid and receiving improved services through a project are not counted. The number of new household connections resulting from a project is counted in total and not proportional to the ADB funding component only. The guiding principle is that ADB assistance is integral to the completion of the entire project; without the ADB assistance, the total target household connections would not be attained.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31341-013: Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project Loan 2005 18-Sep-03 23-Jun-10 Successful 32,830
29273: Power Transmission & Distribution Project Loan 1558 30-Sep-97 01-Jun-04 Highly successful / successful 25,646
*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 2004-2012: 6,877

All those reached by microfinance lending or saving group activities of the project will be counted, including participants in self-help groups.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 Successful 1,544
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 2,671
20067: Industrial Tree Plantation Project Loan 1295 22-Dec-93 30-Sep-03 Unsuccessful 2,662
*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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National highways and provincial, district, and rural roads built or upgraded between 2004-2012: 2,539 kilometers

Length of open access road networks built or upgraded in km (without full access control). "Upgrading" includes all activity to restore a degraded road to originally intended design capacity (repair/rehabilitation) and to improve on its design capacity (e.g. by widening). Upgrading does not cover road signage (only).

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-013: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 2086 05-Jul-04 23-Feb-11 Successful 29
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 Successful 271
34231-013: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project Loan 1989 20-Dec-02 30-Jun-09 Less Successful 226
33432-013: Vientiane Urban Infrastructure and Services Project Loan 1834 28-Aug-01 02-Apr-08 Successful 83
30255-013: Rural Access Roads Project Loan 1795 07-Dec-00 09-Apr-08 Partly successful 512
29271-013: Greater Mekong Subregion:East West Corridor Project Loan 1727 20-Dec-99 22-Feb-08 Successful 284
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 133
27511: Xieng Khouang Road Improvement Project Loan 1533 09-Sep-97 28-Apr-06 Highly successful / successful 520
27402: Secondary Towns Urban Dev. Project Loan 1525 26-Jun-97 07-Jul-05 Highly successful / successful 37
28103: Community Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 1488 21-Nov-96 05-Oct-04 Highly successful / successful 389
20067: Industrial Tree Plantation Project Loan 1295 22-Dec-93 30-Sep-03 Unsuccessful 55
*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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Beneficiaries from road projects between 2004-2012: 4,060,494

Includes all beneficiaries defined by reports and recommendations of the President or project completion reports as beneficiaries of roads constructed or upgraded; generally those in the vicinity of the road or in the project area. Beneficiaries of railway projects are not included.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-013: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 2086 05-Jul-04 23-Feb-11 Successful 2,715
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 Successful 170,000
34231-013: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project Loan 1989 20-Dec-02 30-Jun-09 Less Successful 330,000
33432-013: Vientiane Urban Infrastructure and Services Project Loan 1834 28-Aug-01 02-Apr-08 Successful 376,258
30255-013: Rural Access Roads Project Loan 1795 07-Dec-00 09-Apr-08 Partly successful 829,000
29271-013: Greater Mekong Subregion:East West Corridor Project Loan 1727 20-Dec-99 22-Feb-08 Successful 842,000
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 14,558
27511: Xieng Khouang Road Improvement Project Loan 1533 09-Sep-97 28-Apr-06 Highly successful / successful 659,000
27402: Secondary Towns Urban Dev. Project Loan 1525 26-Jun-97 07-Jul-05 Highly successful / successful 188,940
28103: Community Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 1488 21-Nov-96 05-Oct-04 Highly successful / successful 22,381
20067: Industrial Tree Plantation Project Loan 1295 22-Dec-93 30-Sep-03 Unsuccessful 625,642
*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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Water supply pipes installed or upgraded: length of network between 2004-2012: 4 kilometers

All sizes of pipes intended to transport water for urban water use for domestic and (non agricultural) business purposes, expressed in their aggregate length in the network, irrespective of pipe diameter, comprising mains as well as reticulation pipes. Both new and repaired/upgraded pipes are aggregated and they are not distinguished through subindicators.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 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.
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New households served with water supply between 2004-2012: 20,252

This refers to all additional households that benefit from projects that offer piped or non-piped water supply systems, which is of a higher order than the system that the households used before. Non-piped supply may include standpipes.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-013: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 2086 05-Jul-04 23-Feb-11 Successful 1,309
31352-013: Small Towns Development Project Loan 1994 28-Jan-03 07-Jul-10 Successful 949
34231-013: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project Loan 1989 20-Dec-02 30-Jun-09 Less Successful 3,200
30451-013: Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project Loan 1710 16-Nov-99 29-Jul-08 Partly successful 13,135
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 1,659
*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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New households served with sanitation between 2004-2012: 5,310

This refers to 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 benefited from systems of lesser order. The situation at the end of the project is to be reflected.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34231-013: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project Loan 1989 20-Dec-02 30-Jun-09 Less Successful 2,680
30451-013: Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project Loan 1710 16-Nov-99 29-Jul-08 Partly successful 2,586
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 44
*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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Land improved through irrigation services, drainage, and flood management between 2004-2012: 16,759 hectares

The rural land area improved through new/improved irrigation (and drainage) services and/or flood management. This indicator is the aggregate of 2 sub-indicators: (i) land area improved through irrigation (and drainage) services in hectares, and (ii) land area improved through flood management in hectares.

Contributing ADB Projects
Project Name Type of Assistance Approval Number Approval Date Closing Date Success Rating at Completion* Contribution to Output
34188-013: Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 2086 05-Jul-04 23-Feb-11 Successful 2,210
33432-013: Vientiane Urban Infrastructure and Services Project Loan 1834 28-Aug-01 02-Apr-08 Successful 1,050
30254-013: Decentralized Irrigation Development and Management Sector Project Loan 1788 28-Nov-00 05-Feb-10 Successful 9,445
29210-013: Shifting Cultivation Stabilization Loan 1688 11-May-99 04-May-07 Successful 209
28103: Community Managed Irrigation Sector Project Loan 1488 21-Nov-96 05-Oct-04 Highly successful / successful 3,845
*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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ADB-funded road projects in the Lao People's Democratic Republic are linking isolated communities to markets and services.