Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South-East Asia, with 65 per cent of the total population comprised of different ethnic groups. Although complex, there is a strong link between ethnicity and poverty, particularly in the upland areas of Laos.

Since 1993, CARE has provided a number of long-term development programs in Laos. Our focus is on improving livelihoods, food security and community development in remote rural areas; preventing the spread of avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases; and supporting vulnerable women and girls.