Tetra Tech is supporting human resource development in Laos to improve the quality of basic services for the people of Laos.

Despite steady economic growth since the 1990s, Laos remains one of the poorest countries in the region. More than a quarter of its people live beneath the $1 a day poverty line, with many more who live slightly above it.

The rapid transition to a market economy, along with an increased demand for natural resources, resulted in education and training systems falling behind demand and leaving a number of challenges required for growth, including the lack of human resources.

The Laos Australia Institute is a partnership between the governments of Australia and Laos, created with the broad aim of improving the skills and capacity at an individual and organizational level within priority economic and social services fields to ensure the ongoing economic development of Laos

The Laos Australia Institute, in cooperation with key government agencies and participating organizations, aims to resolve many of the challenges Laos faces and meet the development challenges of the 21st century.

The Laos Australia Institute works directly with key organizations, focusing on the specific needs and resources of each organization to meet their human resources goals.

Tetra Tech manages a number of scholarships and training programs, including the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships and the Laos Australia National Scholarships. These are delivered in partnership with Vientiane College, the National University of Laos, and Australian tertiary institutions.

To improve Laos human resources through scholarships, training, and organizational capacity building, the Laos Australia Institute is assisting key ministries, training institutions, and partner organizations to demonstrate better management, including the management of human resources. We are working to improve the development and application of sound policies and practices, as well as the participation of women in leadership and management roles. We are working to increase the capacity of people with disability, disabled persons’ organizations, and organizations involved in disability-inclusive development. Finally, we are working to improve recognition and acknowledgement of Australia as an active and responsive partner in the human resource development in Laos.