Laos, ranked 138 on the Human Development Index (HDI), is a one party communist state situated between Northern Thailand and Vietnam in the heart of south-east Asia.
Almost 60% of the population lives outside the urbanised areas and in that 60%, 30.6% don’t have access to clean drinking water. If you look at the the GDP per capita of Laos – $5,700 – it ranks 165 in the world, with only 1.9% of GDP being spent on health whilst the risk for infectious diseases in ‘’very high’’ with bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever being the most prevalent.
Escap+aid has been approached to design and implement an Entrepreneurship program that will develop local micro-economies leading to a reduction in poverty. These programs will be based around rebuilding a lost culture of pottery to help boost revenue generation from tourism as well as finding sustainable and profitable ways to produce clean drinking water. As with all Escap+aid’s projects the aim is to think big, act local and impact many.
Human Development Index – http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI