July 27, 2015

The Lower Mekong basin is rich in biodiversity; however, there are considerable knowledge gaps in many areas regarding existing biodiversity and the threats it faces. Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research program, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three regional networks of scientists to better understand some of the region’s most pressing biodiversity challenges. USAID PEER is a global competitive grants program that allows scientists from developing countries to apply for USAID funds for research and training activities in partnership with U.S. Government-funded collaborators. The project has an annual call for proposals and supports research activities in a range of areas related to USAID’s development priorities.


July 6, 2015

In 2013, the U.S. Government launched the U.S.-Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration project to reinforce its belief that APEC is the premiere forum for advancing trade and investment policy in the Asia-Pacific region. The program will support U.S. and APEC policy objectives through technical assistance on economic integration and institutional management issues until 2018.

July 5, 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security is a five-year project (2013-2018) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of State to strengthen institutions and develop regional policies to advance ASEAN’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.

ASEAN seeks to promote equitable and sustainable human development in Southeast Asia through increasing good governance and regional security for its population of 600 million people.  The ASEAN Charter signed in 2008 is the guiding document to build an ASEAN Community that is peaceful, stable, and prosperous.

International Organization for Migration, Lao PDR, and US Work to Improve Disaster Preparedness
June 30, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Lao PDR, supported by the US government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Monday to officially commence a project to strengthen the capacity of Lao government officials to be able to manage humanitarian emergencies.

Carrie Thompson, Acting-Director, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (left) speakes to Maria Theresa Medialdia, Program
June 29, 2015

Today, the Mekong Institute (MI) and the United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) launched the online Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Food Security Donor Mapping Database to promote enhanced cooperation and coordination among donors and funding organizations.

USAID and partners Microsoft, IOM and IOMX launch a crowdfunding portal,, during the Regional Conference on ICT to C
June 24, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Nina Hachigian, joined Microsoft, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UN Agencies at a conference in Bangkok on June 23 and 24 to highlight the role that technology plays in inspiring new approaches to preventing trafficking in persons, protecting the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators.


Last updated: July 27, 2015

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