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February 12, 2014

Thailand graduated from USAID assistance in 1995 and in 2003, USAID opened a regional mission in Bangkok that serves the Asia-Pacific. Drawing upon Thai expertise, USAID works on cross-border issues of concern to Thailand and the region.

The bulk of USAID activities in Thailand address transnational challenges through regional programs, including support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Lower Mekong Initiative, and other regional forums. These efforts are leading to greater regional economic integration and cooperation on issues of mutual interest to the United States and Thailand.

February 12, 2014

As Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) looks to play a greater role with its neighbors – it borders Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam – challenges remain in helping improve health and nutrition among women and children as well as ensuring that people with disabilities receive the quality care they need to contribute to the country’s future.

USAID works to reduce child stunting in targeted areas of Lao PDR and supports women, men, girls and boys with physical disabilities to gain free access to prosthetic, orthotics and physical therapy. We are also helping modernize the country’s economy, promote sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, and assist victims of unexploded ordnance. As expanded global connectivity furhter opens Lao PDR’s borders, USAID works to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases and pandemic threats.


According to a 2011 Lao government survey, 44 percent of children under five is stunted due to limited access to nutritious foods and sanitation. USAID programs in Lao PDR help to improve inclusive economic growth and trade and address key climate change, environmental and health and nutrition issues. USAID also promotes greater inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities by providing quality prosthetics and orthotics services and physical and occupational therapies.


USAID helps Lao PDR respond to infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and pandemic threats such as avian influenza. The country is strengthening its response to tuberculosis based on findings from a USAID-supported study. Other key programs promote nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene, as well as maternal and child health to address high mortality and malnutrition rates. USAID assistance has also helped women and ethnic minorities in remote villages gain access to disability services and strengthened the referrals process through the country’s health system.


To promote a diversified economy and sustainable, broadly-shared equitable growth, USAID is helping officials improve the country’s trade and investment-related laws and regulations. USAID’s programs engage Lao PDR Government ministries, the National Assembly and the private sector in policy and trade promotion activities to help meet Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community commitments.


USAID supports improving forest management practices that reduce carbon emissions from land use and assists communities in becoming more resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change. Lao PDR officials increasingly factor in environmental and social considerations as they plan for major infrastructure development projects thanks to USAID support. USAID also raises awareness on illegal wildlife trade and supports the Lao PDR Government Wildlife Enforcement Network’s efforts to combat it.

February 12, 2014

The Asia-Pacific region has become a key driver of global politics and economics and is closely tied to America’s security and prosperity. Today, Asia represents more than half the world’s population, and is the most dynamic and fastest-growing region in the world with a middle class of about a billion people. Robust economic growth, rapid technological change and increasing interconnectivity make Asia a progressively important market for U.S. exports and a key U.S.

December 26, 2013

English Translation of Op-Ed appearing in the Isaan Bizweek, Khon Kaen, Thailand:

Building Community Response for Good

Khon Kaen University’s Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management Opens its Doors

By Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand

December 15, 2013

USAID's Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin describes the impacts on key livelihood sectors including agriculture, capture fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, natural systems, health, and rural infrastructure in the countries in the Lower Mekong Basin.


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