Development cooperation

Strong CSOs for human rights accountability in Bokeo province, LAO PDR


The project aims to protect and promote the rights (labour, employment, gender, health, education) of ethnic communities, particularly those impacted by plantation agriculture, through strategic support for civil society, at community and national levels in partnership with government stakeholders and key duty bearers. Working conditions in plantations are often poor and workers are in vulnerable position. 96% of workers in plantations come from ethnic minorities and 69% are migrants from other districts or provinces, who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect of their rights. Banana plantation workers are affected by weak occupational health and safety especially in relation to use of chemicals. Migrant workers and their families living in plantation camps often lack proper housing, and access to clean water and sanitation, nutritious food, and basic health services. Many of the school-aged children of migrant worker families remain out-of-school. The work contracts are normally signed by men on behalf of their families working in the plantation, while workers’ understanding on the content of contracts and on their other legal rights remain weak. They, also, lack representative bodies and access to grievance mechanisms. These realities in banana plantations reflect weak mechanisms and capacities of local authorities in monitoring and addressing non-compliance with national laws in plantations. Despite positive developments in terms of awareness on women’s and children’s rights, and gender equality in vulnerable ethnic minority villages in the target districts, negative attitudes and practices related to gender-based discrimination, Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and chemical use remains a challenge. Vulnerable youth in larger villages are affected by underemployment due to lack of confidence, knowledge and skills and access to land and other resources needed for self-employment. This reflects the weaknesses in the government TVET systems and related accountability by government authorities. The overall objective of the project is to improve the respect and fulfilment of human rights among ethnic minority communities through functioning accountability processes. The Action aims to support development of capacity of CAMKID and CBOs (Community Based organisations) to promote social accountability of local authorities and other duty-bearers for respect of human rights of vulnerable ethnic communities in Houaxay and Pha-oudom districts.

Funding decision

50 443 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Democratic participation and civil society 34%
  • Human rights 33%
  • Ending violence against women and girls 33%

Special target group

  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

Plan Suomi Säätiö



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