Summary of publication
In 2016-17, Australia’s total Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Lao PDR was $44.7 million. This accounted for approximately 15 per cent of total global aid to Laos and 0.23 per cent of Laos’ GDP.
DFAT’s bilateral aid program expended approximately half of the ODA ($22.6 million) to support quality basic education for disadvantaged children; improve human resources through scholarships and training; and strengthen Laos’ trade regime and improve competition. This report assesses DFAT’s performance against the three objectives, and remaining rural development investments.
DFAT’s regional programs and other Commonwealth agencies delivered the remaining half of the ODA over the period. Performance under DFAT’s regional programs is reported separately.