The programme brief description
Lao PDR is in the beginning stages of developing its social protection system, and as such current coverage is low, at just 15% of the working-age population. The main objective of the UN Joint Programme (JP) is to support the Government in the implementation of the new National Social Protection Strategy, through an approach focused on systems development and implemented through the Mother and Early Childhood Grant. In Lao PDR, more than 40 per cent of children under five years are affected by chronic malnutrition. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life (from the onset of pregnancy to the child’s second birthday) are critically important in preventing nutrition-related diseases. The interventions proposed under this JP have multiplying effects in several SDGs, expecting to directly impact on poverty reduction, nutritional gains, reduction of socio-economic inequalities, improvement of gender equality markers, and overall system sustainability.
The overall objective of the Joint Programme is to support the Government in the implementation of the new National Social Protection Strategy, through an approach focused on systems development. The Joint Programme supports two integrated components: institutional development through support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and design and implementation of the Mother and Early Childhood Grant through a pilot initiative and grant demonstration.
Women, children, girls.