Fondacio in Laos

Fondacio in Laos

Laos is a small and relatively poor country, with a GDP per capita of 1778.7 $ in 2016. The lack of facilities and resources result in low quality education and lack of access with low enrolment rate. This explains why the illiteracy rate is as low as 23% in men and 46% in women. As it is, inadequately educated workforce appears to be the main break to the development in Laos (World Economic Forum). Transition rate from primary to secondary is 60.1%. The enrolment rate in tertiary education is 17%, ranking Laos as the 102nd country in the world on this aspect.

average income

1090 $/month

Annual growth



15.44% pop.

Human  Index

0.601 (44th)

life expectancy

66 years

Situation of poverty

23.2% pop.

Our actions in Laos

It is focused on the Out-of-work youth, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to help them build a future for themselves, their families and society.

As it appears clearly that education is a break to their access to employment and to Laos development, YLDC (Youth Leadership and Development Center) is addressing this issue. In order to bring its modest but very concrete impact on Laos development, YLDC Laos is oriented toward building a ground of well-formed young people and village leaders to be catalyst for change in their home environments through holistic formation.


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

Fondacio in Laos

The poverty rate in Laos rests at 23.2 percent
meaning that more than a fifth of the Laotians must survive below the poverty line

Poverty in Laos tends to manifest itself in underdeveloped, mountainous areas.
Those that live in these isolated areas are often left without access to electricity, schools and even roads.
Many of the ethnic minorities in Laos live in these underserved, rural areas. 
Pengpadit Thongsamay AKA Bout

Pengpadit Thongsamay AKA Bout

YLDC Laos staff

“My important learning in Young Lives Development Center was the sessions in Values Enhancement. This has helped me to have basic human formation to support my studies at IFFAsia. The major break though I had during my formation at IFFAsia was to nurture my call for mission. My impure motives of studying in the Philippines to have a better job in the future has changed to my desire to serve God through helping in training the youth here in Young Lives Development Center. I am willing to commit 5-years commitment in Young Lives Development and the Lao church”. Bout




YLDC alumni

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

Institute of Formation Fondacio

Economical context

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

Laos is linked with Vietnam by a special Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1977 (Hanoi provides training for most cadres of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party). Vietnam is the second largest investor in Laos after China. Thailand remains the main economic partner of Laos (1st customer, mainly through electricity sales, and 1st supplier).

China is the largest investor in Laos since 2013, displacing Thailand and Vietnam (USD 8.5 billion, 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 in trade in 2018 behind Thailand (US $ 5.8 billion in 2018). China has begun construction of a railway line that will connect Kunming to Vientiane by the end of 2021 (for USD 6 billion).

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

Beyond its immediate environment, Laos seeks to integrate more in the international community. A member of the International Organization of La Francophonie since 1991 and of the World Trade Organization since 2013, he 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.

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