Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has agreed to fund an extension of the Right Based Empowerment Project (RBEP) in Luang Namtha province, with funding of US$3 million (about 24 billion kip).
The project will be implemented in Viengphoukha and Nalae districts of Luang Namtha province, running from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing date until the end of 2020.
The MoU for the project was signed in Luang Namtha province this week between Lutheran World Federation and Luang Namtha Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Office.
RBEP is an extension project from the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) that has been implemented from 2012-2015 with a budget of over US$1 million (about 8.3 billion kip), under funding by Bread for the World, Finish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM), German National Commission (GNC) and LWF.
RBEP's overall objective is to contribute to poverty eradication in Laos by empowering people in sustainable development that promotes the strengthening of local leadership for fulfilling their responsibilities towards: equitable and sustainable development, empowering people to access social services, improving economic livelihoods and using natural resources in sustainable ways in order to reduce risks from disaster.
RBEP focuses on poor people, the disadvantaged, women, children, youth, and disabled people in 76 target villages in Viengphoukha and Nalae districts. During project implementation, LWF additionally contributed US$110,000 (about 880 million kip) supporting rapid relief missions to assist people affected by flash floods in Oudomxay province in 2013 and Luang Namtha province in 2015.
The RBEP's implementation has been made possible thanks to collaboration and supervision support from National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concerned offices at all levels.