An influential centre to understand and learn about Australian Aid and development in Lao PDR
The Laos Australia Development Learning Facility is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Adam Smith International.
The Laos-Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF) supports the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to deliver effective and efficient aid investments in Laos. In particular, LADLF focuses on generating, synthesizing and disseminating performance information to support decision making around the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan (AIP) in Lao PDR.
The Facility works at the leading edge of performance management and is representative of DFAT’s emerging approach to ensuring high-quality oversight of aid programming in key recipient countries. It works closely and in a collaborative manner with the Australian Embassy in Vientiane and its implementing partners, to fulfil DFAT’s mandate and objectives in Laos PDR.
The Laos Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF) supports the Australian Embassy in Lao PDR with four main services:
Provision of contextual analysis around current and new investments
Assessment of the performance of past and current investments
Advice on strategy and design for future investments
Development of case studies or stories of impact around past and current investments
These analyses focus on wide or specific topics that may sometimes be outside the scope of the Australian Investment Plan but that always have potential to influence the delivery and impact of Australian aid in Lao PDR. This might include sector monitoring reports, political economy analysis, capacity needs analysis, and/or mapping of existing practices and investments.
Examples of contextual analysis produced by LADLF have included a rapid appraisal of multigrade teaching practices in Asia and an analysis of the decision-making ecosystem in the primary education sector. See our publications for more information.
STRATEGY & DESIGN
The advice provided covers program-wide, sector-wide or individual investments, and often includes the clarification and strengthening of respective theories of change and action.
Examples of support include participation in design missions, review of design documents, and development of sector and country-wide investment plans. See our publications for more information.
LADLF provides a one-stop shop for performance management issues related to DFAT aid investments in Laos PDR. The facility implements a range of activities to assess the performance of these investments, with a view to improve their effectiveness, efficiency and impact.
These activities target program-wide, sector-wide and individual investments, and are designed in a way to maximise the uptake and utilisation of performance information into DFAT decision-making processes. They include reviews of M&E systems and reporting products of individual investments, independent reviews and impact evaluations of individual investments, thematic assessment of Australia’s Aid Investment Plan (AIP), and development of performance assessment protocols and reports for the AIP.
Examples of activities include an evaluation of BEQUAL’s District Operating Grants initiative, the revision of the AIP’s Performance Assessment Framework (PAF), and the Review of the AIP Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion (GEDI) Performance. See our publications for more information.
Public Diplomacy and Communication
Working alongside DFAT, the Learning Facility develops case studies to showcase the positive impacts of DFAT investments in Lao PDR, outlining and communicating the practical effects and “human face” of the support provided through Australian Aid.
The purpose of these case studies or “stories of impact” is to also highlight the performance and objectives of DFAT activities in a given sector or broader area so that they can then be used as a resource for DFAT communication staff to engage stakeholders on this topic, if necessary.
Examples of stories of impact include our closer look at the Women’s Leadership for Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Social Development Australia Award Fellowship which profiled women who took part in the fellowship and their resulting action plans. See our publications for more information.
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