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AusAID - Australian Agency for International Development

The aid program advances Australia's national interest by assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.

With its focus on the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the aid program is an integral part of Australia's engagement in the region and a practical demonstration of its commitment to helping build regional stability.

The aid program is also an expression of the conviction of the Australian people that it is right for Australia to help the millions of people, especially among its neighbours, whose lives area afflicted by extreme poverty.


DANIDA - Danish Development Assistance

In 1993, the Government of Denmark established the Environment Peace and Stability Facility (EPSF) as a follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The EPSF operates in Southeast Asia and South Africa. Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) activities in the Lower Mekong Region have since 1993 been carried out under EPSF.

The overall aim of regional Danish environmental assistance in the Lower Mekong Region is to assist countries in establishing the preconditions for rapid financial and social development in the region on a basis that is environmentally sound from a global, regional and local point of view. It is also to ensure that cooperation is formed on the basis of an active dialogue with authorities, institutions and the private sector in the region. The assistance is - as Danish development assistance in general - oriented toward poverty reduction and is also focussed on cross-cutting areas such as gender, promoting democracy and human rights. The main activities have been within fisheries, agriculture, water resources, environment and capacity building.


SDC - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The overall objective of SDC in the Mekong Region is to support the structural transition processes in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The programme aims at contributing to the development of:

  1. an equitable and participatory society;
  2. a market-based economy; and
  3. sound natural resource management.

The focus is on two fields of cooperation: Urban Governance and Natural Resource Management. Human and Insitutitional Development and Good Governance are considered as strategic orientations which are adressed across all SDC support.



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Asian Development Bank

ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, it is now owned by 60 members, mostly from the region. The headquarters is in Manila. There are 22 other offices around the world:

  • 14 resident missions in Asia
  • a regional mission for the Pacific in Vanuatu
  • a country office in the Philippines
  • representative offices in Frankfurt for Europe, Tokyo for Japan, and Washington, DC for North America
  • a Special Office in East Timor
  • extended missions in Gujarat, India and Papua New Guinea.