CSOs are engaging and advocating more effectively with key constituencies such as the general public, government and private sector.

CSOs’ capacity to engage in national and regional processes will be developed through the launch of a CSO Working Group on Aid Effectiveness. In addition, the programme provides for orientation and strategy workshops around the Vientiane Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action. Many CSOs in Laos are utilising their knowledge through their relationships with government agencies to assist with policy implementation. This programme will increase capacity of CSOs to more productively contribute to policy forums, such as the Sector Working Groups and the Round Table process. These national platforms will also strengthen CSO participation in the ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) helping to strengthen Lao NPAs and the country’s profile at the regional level.