Fondacio in Laos

Laos is a small, relatively poor country, with a GDP per capita of $1778.7 in 2016. Lack of facilities and resources results in low quality education and lack of access with low enrolment. This explains why the illiteracy rate is only 23% among men and 46% among women. As things stand, an insufficiently educated labor force seems to be the main impediment to development in Laos (World Economic Forum). The transition rate from primary to secondary is 60.1%. The enrollment rate in higher education is 17%, placing Laos 102nd in the world in this field.

Laos in pictures

Average income
Annual growth
+ 6.6% / year
15.44% pop.
human index
0.601 (44th)
Life expectancy
66 years old
Poverty situation
23.2% pop.

Our actions in Laos

It focuses on unemployed young people, especially those who are disadvantaged, to help them build a future for themselves, their families and society.

As it becomes clear that education is a break in their access to employment and the development of Laos, the YLDC (Youth Leadership and Development Centre) is tackling this problem. In order to bring its small but very concrete impact on the development of Laos, YLDC Laos is geared towards building a field of well-trained young people and village leaders to catalyze change in their home environment through holistic training .


Fondacio Laos,
T4 Road, Thatluang Tai Village
Xaysettha district. Vientiane
+856 30 2202 571

Fondacio in Laos

The poverty rate in Laos stands at 23.2% which means that more than a fifth of Laotians must survive below the poverty line

Poverty in Laos tends to manifest itself in the underdeveloped mountainous regions. Those who live in these isolated areas often find themselves without access to electricity, schools and even roads. Many ethnic minorities in Laos live in these underserved rural areas.

Pengpadit Thongsamay Aka Bout

YLDC Laos Staff

“My important learning at the Young Lives Development Center was the Values Enhancement sessions. It helped me to have basic human training to support my studies at IFFAsia. The major break I had during my training at IFFAsia was in nurturing my call to mission. My impure motivations to study in the Philippines to have a better job in the future changed to my desire to serve God by helping to train young people here at Young Lives Development Center. I am ready to commit myself for 5 years in the development of young lives and the Lao church”. fight


YLDC Alumni

“I can apply all the sessions I learned from Young Lives Development Center in my daily life, such as English, speaking skills, self-confidence and community life. These experiences help me to be better in terms of confidence, being with people and staying in the community as I am now.


Development center for young people leaving the school system and looking for a future.

Fondacio Training Institute

IFF Asia, Quezon City, Philippines

Economic context

Laos seeks to deepen its regional integration within ASEAN (which it joined in 1997), while consolidating its ties with its neighbors (Vietnam, China and Thailand). The Prime Minister is keen to diversify Laos’ relations: by establishing not only closer relations with the ASEAN countries but also with the various countries of the region as well as with Europe. Laos took over the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2016.

Laos is linked to Vietnam by a special treaty of friendship and cooperation signed in 1977 (Hanoi ensures the training of most of the cadres of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party). Vietnam is the second largest investor in Laos after China. Thailand remains Laos’ main economic partner (1st customer, mainly via electricity sales, and 1st supplier).

China has been the largest investor in Laos since 2013, displacing Thailand and Vietnam (8.5 billion USD, mainly in the mining, forestry, hydropower and infrastructure sectors). With a market share of 27%, China is now the second largest trading partner with 2.8 billion trade in 2018 behind Thailand (5.8 billion dollars in 2018). China has started construction of a railway line that will connect Kunming to Vientiane by the end of 2021 (for 6 billion USD).

Relations with Japan and Korea are marked by development assistance from Tokyo, the largest provider of bilateral development assistance ($77.4 million in 2017), and from Seoul, the second largest bilateral partner (56.2 millions of dollars). $ in 2017).

Beyond its immediate environment, Laos seeks to become more integrated into the international community. A member of the International Organization of La Francophonie since 1991 and of the World Trade Organization since 2013, it is also one of the first states to ratify the Oslo Convention on cluster munitions. Finally, Laos is the first ASEAN country to have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement.