Laos is a mountainous, land-locked country in Asia, with a wide covering of tropical forest. Years of civil unrest left the country isolated from the world, but this is beginning to change.

The main crop is rice, with fruit, spices and cotton also produced. Throughout most of the country, electricity is scarce and facilities are basic. With a population of 6.4 million people (UN 2012), the country has undergone a great deal of political turmoil over the past decades, however the country is opening up to the world and international relations - with a significant visit to Laos from Hilary Clinton in 2012 (the first visit by a US Secretary of State for 57 years). 

In the UN Human Development Index (2013) Laos is listed 138 out of 186 countries - but, following admittance to the World Trade Organization in 2012, the World Bank is optimistic that Laos' goal of developing out of the least-developed countries list by 2020 is achievable. 

In February of 2014, Cord reached a milestone accomplishment with the Laos Ministry of Home Affairs, which saw a successful completion to over three years of negotiations and a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Cord and the Laos government.

This means that Cord Laos staff members have work permits, enabling implementation of the development plans for the region. The signing ceremony was covered by local press (both Lao and English speaking) and marks significant progress in what is a complex time of change for the region.


23 January 2014
I want to have the chance to go to school and be educated

Nearly 8,000 students recieve new school kits in Chad

17 March 2015
As part of the ongoing Conflict Sensitive Education approach in Chad, Cord organised distribution of school kits to students in Farchana and Gaga refugee camps.

Waiting for a repairman

21 February 2014
The connecting flight was cancelled on the way to Farchana, the main base for Cord’s work in the refugee camps in Eastern Chad