Publication: June 2017
The initial seeds of the Rights-LINK project (Rights-Land, Information, Networking, Knowledge) were sown in 2001, when Village Focus International (VFI) field staff observed that large-scale land acquisitions were having profound impacts upon rural farming families in southern Lao PDR (hereafter Laos). After working with farmers to help secure their land and livelihoods, the Rights-LINK (RL) phase I project began with and inception phase in 2007, supported by Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), and ran through two full phases for eight years from 2009 until December 2016.
Land-based investments continue to fuel Laos’ rapid economic growth, yet the benefits have not always been
equally shared. Communities’ lack of knowledge and information about land rights combined with increasing
pressures on land has resulted in some rural communities losing access to and ownership of their land.