Commité de Coopération avec Laos (CCL) is a French non-governmental organization based in Vientiane, Laos. Our main goal is to enhance rural development and contribute to poverty alleviation in Lao PDR. We have been running rural development programs in the northern uplands of Laos since 1980 in order to improve the livelihoods of Lao people, especially targeting ethnic minorities groups and remote women.
Over the past 30 years, we have been providing financial support and training on nutrition, health and sanitation issues, food processing, value chain development, sustainable agriculture practices but also capacity building and gender equity, to many rural communities of Xiengkhouang, Phongsaly and Oudomxay, to improve their living conditions.
By empowering them, we enhance rural development and we contribute to reduce poverty as well as food insecurity in Lao PDR. Our projects also focus on climate change resilience and natural resource management in order to ensure a better and inclusive future to the most vulnerable.
Since 1996, up to 289 villages and more than 110 370 people, especially women from remote ethnic groups have benefited from CCL rural development projects in the provinces of Xiengkhouang, Phongsaly and Oudomxay.
CCL has been training people on nutrition, health and sanitation issues, sustainable practices and agriculture diversification in upland areas through the Farmer-to-Farmer extension process, which enable groups of farmers to spread knowledge and innovative techniques within their communities and to neighbor villages.
CCL has also been involved in improving infrastructures in remote rural areas. For ex. 538 hectares of rice terraces and irrigation schemes have been constructed or rehabilitated in 98 villages, benefiting to more than 525 households. 1079 latrines have been built in 84 villages and up to 66 villages have been provided with water sanitation supply.