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This evaluation provides an overview of the results and lessons of the bilateral development co-operation from 1974 until Sweden closed its embassy in 2011. Furthermore, it attempts an assessment of how and if this assistance contributed to reducing poverty in the country.
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The report synthesises lessons and implications from a rare learning exercise about Sida support for institutional development (ID) in Laos. Institutions are seen as the formal and informal 'rules of the game' for social interaction - a key to poverty reduction.
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The present study reviews the road and forestry sectors in Laos and Swedish support to these sectors during the 1990s from an institutional development perspective. It finds that, so far, transition of the institutional set-up of Laos has been unable to come to grips with the fundamental problems facing the two sectors. Swedish support for institutional development, which has aimed at building modern forest and road authorities
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What happens after the five-year country strategy paper has been approved? How is that strategy translated by Sida into strategic decisions for projects and programmes, for dialogue activities with partner organisations, and for the allocation of Sida's administrative resources?These are the main questions investigated by this evaluation of the 1999-2003 country strategy for Laos, based on a case study of the co-operation in the areas