Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
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LANGOCA

Short Introduction about LANGOCA

The Laos-Australia NGO Cooperation Agreement (LANGOCA) Program was an integral part of the Australian Government’s policy emphasis on partnerships in the delivery of the aid program. It commenced in 2007 with the intention of completing in 2012, with a planned budget of AUD$14 million. Following an Independent Program Review in 2011, an extension to June 2014 was approved along with additional funding of AUD $420,000 so that all projects could conclude at the same time after completion of exit and handover activities

The overall goal of LANGOCA was ‘to reduce the vulnerability of the poor by integrating poverty reduction and cross-cutting issues with disaster management and UXO approaches in Laos.’ There were four component objectives: 

   1. Disaster Management (DM): To reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters
   2. Unexploded Ordinance (UXO): To reduce the impact of unexploded ordinance (UXO)
   3. Program Development: To build and promote Program capacity
   4. Program Management: To manage the Program effectively

The LANGOCA Program linked NGO programs and expertise to the Lao-Australia Development Cooperation Strategy (2004-10) in order to ensure that Australian Government support in Laos effectively targeted strategic development priorities. It comprised partnerships between the Australian Aid Program and four NGOs: CARE, Oxfam, World Vision (WV) and Save the Children (SCI). Five long term projects were implemented (WV implemented two projects and the others one each) as well as six short-term activities (four implemented by Save the Children and two by CARE). Three of the long term projects addressed Component One and two projects addressed Component Two. Collectively, the five LANGOCA projects have worked in 155 villages in nine of Lao PDR’s poorer districts in five provinces.

An end of term independent evaluation was undertaken from February to April 2014. The Evaluation undertook a variety of review activities, including desk review of documents, meetings and interviews with villagers, district, provincial and national government officials, during a month-long visit to Laos. Visits to 20 villages across locations where all five projects were implemented, was the highlight of the evaluation approach, ensuring a widespread data collection process. The team assessed the overall achievements of the program focusing on results with respect to LANGOCA program objectives, and policy and governance outcomes in the UXO and Disaster Management sectors. In addition, the evaluation was meant to identify and assess the lessons learned from the LANGOCA program in a number of categories including strengthening capacities of partner government and local community, inclusive development, gender equity and integration, etc

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