Publication: 2016

Rights-LINK II Full Report


This is a final report of the Rights-LINK Lao Phase II project, (RL II) implemented by Village Focus International, co-funded by SDC and in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Land Management (DALAM) within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). The RL project has run consecutively from 2008 until 2016, with Phase I of RL ending in early 2012.

Rights-LINK I, the first phase of the project, focused on new ways to educate and empower rights holders, reinforce weak mechanisms for accountability and support officials providing good governance, connect local actors with national leaders and decision-makers, improve policy-makers’ access to information about the impacts of land-decisions, and support the development of local mechanisms to resolve disputes in a timely and helpful manner. Entering its secondPhase in mid-2012, RL II built upon the successes and lessons learned under RL I, working at the village, district, provincial and central levels.

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Phonsavanh Tai village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane capital, Lao PDR.