Since April 2004, RRDPA has been operating under the umbrella of the Lao Union of Science and Engineering Associations (LUSEA) based namely Rural Research & Development Training Center (RRDTC). In 2009, a new decree for the regulation and operation of Lao Non-Profit Associations was created authorizing the Public administration and Civil Service Authority (PACSA), in conjunction with line ministries, to register and monitor all non-profit association in Lao PDR. The current it removes to Ministry of Home Affair to responsible for all non-profit association. On September 6, 2012 RRDPA receives the license from Ministry of Home Affair .
“Sustainable and Equitable Community Development throughout Lao PDR”
RRDPA recognizes that community development in Lao PDR is not yet sustainable because of many factors including, a lack of education, financial constraints. Institutions, organizations and communities are not able to adapt and response to these, due to the lack of knowledge, resources, information and social changes.
A Social Indicators Survey is being undertaken by the Lao PDR Government, with support from a number of international organizations, as part of the plan to accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
The social Indicators Survey will focus on what measures the government must take to ensure the effective implantation of its policy goals. RRDPA supports this initiative and has the capacity to assist in this survey applications, and implementation.
Also, development has not been equitable because of the differing types of development that are occurring in Lao PDR. Urban development is focused on expansion of facilities and resources whereas; Rural Development is concentrated on a changing use of land. The allocation of financial and socioeconomic resources is also concentrated on urban populations rather than rural population.
Based on participatory development, we are guided by your organization’s need and the need and input of the people involved. Trainees are central to our training program. We recognize trainee’s diverse experiences working in community development and that all trainees have a lot to share and learn from each other.
· RRDPA will develop a focus and capacity development in the field of Action Research.
Action Research focuses on disadvantage people, ethnic women group in Lamam District, Sekong Province, which relates to using sustainable natural resources for poverty reduction and food security.
Working in Sekong is one way RRDPA will fulfill its mission to achieve MDG 1.
MDG goal 1 is Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
In order to achieve MDG1, RRDPA is beginning co-operation with many sectors, such as government, Civil Society Organizations and iNGOs, who are supporting to the sustainable and equitable community development in Lao PDR.
Poverty is not restricted to Income but also encompasses Health, Education, Nutrition, Hygiene, Landlessness, as well as other key areas.
RRDPA fulfills our mission through the following values:
RRDPA values community-led solutions; indigenous knowledge; participatory planning with stakeholders; gender balance; professional staff.
Goal: Rural ethnic communities, NPAs and government in Lao PDR have technical capacities to support MDG 1 through evidence-based community development practices.
n We offer a holistic approach to capacity building of the Lao People on community development (village, INGO, NPA, District, Provincial, Government counterparts)
n We provide training courses for projects and organizational capacity building on: community development to improve quality of products as marketing, corporative building, saving system, financial management, Environment Law, and health skills. Some of our courses are open to the public, and based in Vientiane, others are provided upon request, anywhere in Laos.
n We provide both pre-packaged training courses and training designed to suit clients specific needs, based on needs identification. We also do other work e.g. using PRA and IK (indigenous knowledge) methods and tools for clients’ project work.
n We are setting up a Action Research function to improve the focus, content, quality and relevance of our training and development activities and a multimedia Resource Center for Community Development in Vientiane.
Name: Mr. Phoxay Chanthavongsa
Title: RRDPA Executive Committee Chairperson
President of Life Skills Develoment Association (LSDA)
Name: Mr. Phothong Siliphong
Title: RRDPA Executive Committee deputy
President of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Name: Mr. Khamphoui Xaythalath
Title: RRDPA Executive Committee Member
Director of Participatory Development Training Center (PADETC)
Name: Mrs. Boutsady Khounnouvong
Title: RRDPA Executive Committee MemberCoordinator of Gender Development Association (GDA)
Mr. Sisavath Chanhthaleuxai (Lao Loum): Management Team Acting Leader, Training Development role, MSc (Engineering) Tashkent University, Uzbekistan, USSR, started work July 2006 Specialist in micro hydropower. Sisavath was project manager for RRDTC’s Environmental Law for the People project which was participatively developed from scratch with the support of the Canada Fund. He also acts as trainer besides his management duties. From 2003 – 2005 Sisavath was the Deputy Team Leader (Social/Community Development Specialist) of the Community Awareness and Participation Program ( CAPP) for the ADB project Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (WSSSP), Department of Housing and Urban Planning, MCTPC. He established Water and Sanitation Associations (WATSANS) in each village of 15 subproject towns, trained extensively on sanitation awareness, hygiene and the revolving fund for sanitation, designed handbooks and prepared the Community Awareness and Participation Program for the whole project life to raise the community people participation in the project design, planning, implementation, operation and maintenance for sustainable development. Prior work experience includes working as National Consultant for Management Models’ Development and extensive experience in socio-economic surveys.
Mr. Vongphouma Outhongkham (Lao Lum): Training Manager, agriculture and TOT specialist, BSc (Mathematics) NUOL and BSc (Agriculture Extension) Sukhothai Tamatelat, Thailand, started work June, 2005. 2 years as Assistant Trainer with Participatory Development Center Training (PADECT) mainly in organic farming and other projects supervisor, 5 years as Animator, Health Awareness worker and Community and Training worker at grass roots level with Action NORD SUD (Handicap International Organization) food security project in Savannakhet, Programme Officer and trainer with RRDPA from 2005 up to date. He has expertise in the full range of RRDPA courses.