Gender Development Association
We will work for more joint action, information, knowledge and expertise on gender.

The Gender and Development Association (GDA) formerly the Gender and Development Group  (GDG) and the Women in Development (WID) network, was formed in 1991. A collaboration of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), UNICEF, with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), the WID network focused on women and gender development issues in Lao PDR.

In 1996 the name of WID changed to the “Gender and Development Group (GDG)” in order to more accurately reflect the goals of the network.  This includes focusing on both women and men in the area of development.


GDA envisions a world free from discrimination and violence, leading the achievement of gender equality and the advancement of women in Lao PDR.


To provide professional support and information on gender development, and enhance cooperation with development partners toward gender equality.


The main target groups of GDA are INGOs and NGOs staff. Each partner selects one of its Lao staffs to participate in GDA meetings and activities. Participation is not limited to women. GDA encourages both women and men to participate and exchange lessons.

“Working together towards a life free from poverty and violence, with greater equity and empowerment for all”

Development Partners


GDA houses a small library providing the latest information on Violence Against Women (VAW) and results of gender mainstreaming implemented by GDA members organization. A variety of books and other media are being collected from abroad and inside Lao PDR. This library is for the use of people who are interesting in gender issues and other information related to development in the Lao region and internationally.

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Coming up Event

january, 2022

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