Money flows:

Who's investing in Laos, and what problems do they present?

by Pei Ying Loh & Zenn Wong

A nation disadvantaged by geography, Laos has turned to intense infrastructural development and foreign direct investments to accelerate economic growth. As the landlocked nation opens its doors to foreign money, who is it inviting, and what troubles lay ahead?

Souce: World Bank

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How costly is foreign-invested infrastructure in Laos?
Where are these projects located in Laos?
The railway is not the only significant infrastructural development in Laos funded by foreign investment.
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What types of infrastructure are being developed in Laos with foreign investment?
How much do these cost?
Who’s involved in these projects?
From where does the money flow?
What do these investments mean for the people of Laos?
The indelible mark of hydropower development
Precarious debt
What challenges are present?
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Open Development Mekong / Partnership

Open Development Mekong launched as an integrated regional open data platform in 2015. The ODM signatory approach relies on impartial presentation of data, using open data standards alongside objective analysis through visualisations, briefings, maps, and other data products to increase transparency and accessibility. The platform has since evolved into a network supporting data and digital rights that are reflective of and accessible to all citizens across the Mekong region. Our target audience of civil society, private sector, government, academia, and marginalised communities utilise ODM's rich repository of data and information to support research, analysis, and decision-making.

Zenn Wong / Freelance Writer

Zenn is a data scientist with a penchant for all things urban. She is fascinated with the use of smart city frameworks and open data in promoting development. When not fiddling with anything data-related (and sometimes even while doing so!), she enjoys the outdoors, good electronic music, and a refreshing cup of white tea

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