As it marked the return of international financers to hydropower following the World Commission on Dams report in 2000, the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project received unprecedented global scrutiny. In response, environmental and social impacts and revenue potentials were equally considered during project preparation, which comprised a lengthy, iterative, and consultative process, beginning wit
Successful communicable disease control not only depends on strong national surveillance and preventive efforts but also on the collective actions of neighboring countries to coordinate monitoring and response.
During project preparation, an unprecedented inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in cross-border contract farming and large land concessions marked the agriculture and natural resources (ANR) sector of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Investors included businesses from the People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam.