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Lao poverty reduction fund phase II impact evaluation : final report (English)

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has made significant progress in reducing poverty and increasing access to services over the past 20 years. The government of Lao PDR (GoL) prioritized and articulated its poverty reduction strategy in the 2004 National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (NGPES - the PRSP), which identified forty seven districts as priority areas for poverty reduction interventions. The second phase of the Poverty Reduction Fund Project (PRF II) contributed to the government’s poverty reduction agenda by focusing on reducing poverty in relatively remote and inaccessible areas through financing investments in small infrastructure that facilitate poor communities’ access to basic services and markets as well as contributing to strengthening citizens’ engagement and voice in local development. The development objective of this project is to improve the access to and the utilization of basic infrastructure and services for the targeted poor communities. This report presents findings from the impact evaluation of PRF II, conducted between September 2012 and October 2015 after 36 months of implementation.


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    Lao poverty reduction fund phase II impact evaluation : final report

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Lao poverty reduction fund phase II impact evaluation : final report (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.