Better Market Better Employment for the Ethnic Poor in Lao PDR

Better Market Better Employment for the Ethnic Poor in Lao PDR

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
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The project “Better Market Better Employment for the Ethnic Poor in Lao PDR” is aiming at changing a life with hopeless of the current unemployed population of over 140,000 persons (CIA, World Factbook, 2010) and a group with job insecurity in Lao PDR by improving a connection between the potential market and the employment (a decent work) opportunities.

The action will focus addressing unemployment problem of the ethnic poor across the country, especially those living in 47 priority poor districts. The program will address social impact on national development and society as a whole by solving many social evils such as drug addiction, gangster, thieves and other illegal activities through better market better job promotion.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The initiative is considered as one of the ever innovations of the country. The program focus transfer knowledge through innovative localizing information technologies the followings: An innovative local website: The website innovate the different local dialects where ethnic groups are best of literate which does not exist ever in Lao PDR. It compiles rich of emerging market and employment opportunities in different localities where they can find the best near home. An innovative local magazine for employment: The magazine innovates an improvement of a local language information access for the ethnic groups and the poor at community level where they can find the right job and working safe from the black side market, for instance sexual exploitation, slavery, etc. An innovative revolving fund for employment: The revolving fund entails the innovation by increasing access to finance and inclusive business solution by the unemployed groups. The revolving fund will revolve its focus on local product development and sale with many unemployed groups.
Impact: How does it Work

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How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

CDTC is Lao non profit association (NPA) which active in community development training in priority poor district Hom, Vientiane province. The center initiated the community knowledge bank for the ethnic groups through farmer to farmer learning model. Moreover, CDTC is also active in creating vocational options for persons with disabilities and microfinance in the district.
The experience tells CDTC that working in conventional way can not reach larger groups. It is therefore needed to diversify the ethnic groups development in this district innovate way, especially sale up/improve the exist activities with the innovative information transfer technology to address the serious issues of unemployment and migration of the district. The innovation is an information and knowledge transfer through innovative technology to compile and distribute the market and employment information at grass root level.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

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The followings are the key factors to measure the project’s success:

1. public participation and use the service
the active participation of general public is very important for designing a number of activities. This will ensure the success and sustainability of the project in a longer term. The website and magazine will be developed in user friendly manner and attractive to more than 140,000 users. The website will generate a record of numbers of users.

2. more ethnic poor get employed
it is expected that more than half of the unemployed population (70,000+ persons) get access to the new jobs from getting well connection with the developed website and magazine where 70% is ethnic origin. The employment record and village report generated will be measurable.

3. more employers post the vacancy announcement in the website and magazine.

4. more ethnic poor get access to the established revolving fund for employment and other sources. It is expected that there will be 20% of total unemployed population get access to reasonable credit.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

More than 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Depend on resources we have, the action will expand the services, especially magazine and revolving fund for employment model to other 46 priority poor districts.

The service will be gradually complementary with a kind of country hotline service/employment service where people can phone in for advice on finding the possible new jobs.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

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First off, the insufficient fund will be a significant obstacle of the project to continue. The action therefore should run its activity gradually in a form of social enterprise and commercial viable.

Secondly, there maybe many ethnic poor do not get access to the internet, especially in the remote area. So, magazine and other media channels, like radio would be a good alternative option.

Thirdly, road access in very remote areas in target communities will be the issue. Other media channels, like radio would be a good alternative option.

Tell us about your partnerships

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The action will engage its partnership with social welfare and labour office as the co lead agency with CDTC. Moreover, there will be other relevant government agencies, private sectors and NGOs involve in the action:

Government agency
1.Science and technology office
2. Lao front for national construction
3. Lao Youth Union
4. Lao Women Union

Private sectors:
5. mining company
6. garment factory
7. hydropower project
8. agriculture production related factory
9. SMEs

10. Any organization wanted to post vacant
11. any organisation active in local vocational development

Explain your selections

The action will start fundraising by mobilizing for donation, apply for a number potential grants. Moreover, the project will also charge fee from website service, particularly vacancy announcement, and business operators who want market information and staff recruitment.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

First off, increase the action’s public communication to attract more support and use the service. Enhance the collaboration with more partners.

Secondly, focus building capacity of the action staff in coordination, information collection and promotion.

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Lack of visibility and investment


Lack of skills/training


Lack of efficiency

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

1. Increase fundraising and advocacy skill for the staff
2.Building the capacity in the relevant fields such as website management, writing
documentation, coordination and communication as a country hotline service.
3. increase more access to remote areas through other channels such as radio, TV, etc.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
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Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices


Leveraged technology


Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

As mentioned earlier, the action will focus build model in Hom district and then up scale or diversify the support to the remaining 46 priority poor districts in Lao PDR through social enterprise and commercial viable services.

CDTC will share the best practices with other organizations those active in different localities to the impact generated from website technology, magazine and revolving fund. The website will be recognized and common used by employers and job seekers in Lao PDR.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

The government will be the key agent to improve and support the innovation under the relevant laws and regulations. The government institution, vocational training centers in particular, will assist in preparing many vocations for ethnic poor and get employed in lather stage.

The local technology providers are important in developing innovative and attractive technology, especially website. The collaboration will help business growth and more people get employed.

The local NGOs/nonprofits and for profit companies would be one of the most employers of ethnic poor. When they need staff they can use the services from the website, magazine or hotline service as a country employment center.