Learning House for Development

January 5, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Business, Management
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Learning House for Development (LHD)  LHD was set up as a network for Lao CSOs  It was jointly established with local non-official and voluntary members of CSOs in Aug 2010  LHD focusing on Non-Profit Associations (NPAs) who work in development for poverty alleviation  It is a non-political, non-profit making, and nonreligious network.

 LHD provides space and opportunities for NPAs to come together to learn new skills, share their knowledge and grow their organisations Learning House for Development


Goal: To contribute to the creation of an enabling environment in which Lao Non-Profit Asociation (NPAs) and other civil society groups can sustainable development of Laos, poverty reduction and play an active role in socio-economic development.

Objectives: • To create opportunities for Lao civil society to enhance mutual coordination, solidarity and sharing information. • Upgrade the members’ staff capacities in order to enable to implement efficient development projects in their target villages. Learning House for Development


LHD Members  Its members are from diverse range of society and present different groups: women, youth, ethnic minorities, disabled people etc.  Currently LHD has 40 members including registered and non-registered NPAs  The majority members are base in Vientiane (31) and from other provinces (9)  11 members are based at the LHD compound where we share office facilities and services

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Current activities and services  Capacity development for members and non-members in identified areas (trainings, workshops, study tours etc.)

 Coordinate sharing of information in the form of publications, newsletters, workshops, meetings etc.  Library, incubator and meeting/training rooms services  Networking with other CS stakeholders (INGOs, DPs, GoL etc.)

 Representation

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LHD Beneficiaries and benefits  Lao civil society groups o Enhanced networking and learning, which will increase the impact of Lao civil society. o Foster emerging civil society initiatives (incubator function, registration etc.) o Collaboration with other capacity development providers o Fostering peer-to-peer capacity development

 Government of Lao PDR o Contact point to disseminate information to Lao civil society groups, e.g. on legislation, o Link for communication with Lao civil society groups e.g. on processes of cooperation, on developing best practices, etc.

 Donors and other development organisations o Access to disseminate information to Lao civil society groups, e.g. on funding opportunities, o Assist with identifying partners/relevant CSOs Learning House for Development


Challenges of LH Member s  Legal status o Risk of operating with out a licence due to lengthy & complicated registration process o Umbrella organisations are needed to support NPAs o Miss out on funding opportunities

 Many NPAs have no secure funding from donors

 Lack of experience in organisation & project development

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Some benefits and achievements of members  Commitment to their organisations’ aims  Received support funds from local and international donors to: o Upgrade of their staff capacities, and o Implement their projects in the remote areas and improvements to lives of marginalised people o Capacity building of district & provincial authority staff

 Assist GoL in implementing of the poverty eradication programme Learning House for Development


Members’ working sectors • Education • Health • Agriculture • Community development • Gender

• Secure livelihoods • Conservation of environment • Others

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COORDINATE HOW? Steering Committee A board of 5 members ensures that the NPA Network achieves its overall mission and provides direction for its Secretariat. Secretariat The Secretariat provides day-to-day support to members to support and implement the Network’s mission Working groups No NPAs’ working groups yet, but NPAs are jointly with INGO Network’s working groups ( Education; Land issues; Health and nutrition; CSWG; Water and energy issues; Human resources and administration)

NPAs and iNGOs LHD works with NPAs and iNGOs (for example: GDA, NORMAI, PADETC, Helvetas, SDC, CORD, CUSO/VSO, Oxfam…)  Funding for joint projects  Training opportunities  Capacity development / Human resource development

LHD and iNGO Network  Peer to peer exchange (exchange experience, directory, steering committee…)  Partners in the Civil Society Consortium Program (lead and present by CORD) iNGO Network website: www.directoryofngos.org

Example of NPA’s members projects Water supply for community

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Agriculture activities

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Improvement of school and teaching

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Trainings and workshops

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The future plan  Closer co-operation with local and international organisations, development partners in relevant areas in the country and region for exchange of experiences  Consortium of NPAs and INGOs have developed a program to strengthen both the capacity of CSOs and their contribution to the development of Laos

 Work with relevant department of MOHA in registration of NPAs to simplify approval procedures  Seeks for partners to implement and fund specific network’s projects Learning House for Development


Contact address: Learning House for Development Ban Naxay, Saphangmor Road, House: 24/377 Saysetha District, Vientiane, Laos Tel/fax: (+856) 21 265531 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.lao-npa-network.org Learning House for Development


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