The Environmental and Social Framework aims to protect people and the environment in investment projects supported by the World Bank. It responds to new and varied development demands and challenges that have arisen over time.
"Constraints in the e-commerce environment, such as limited Internet connectivity, high costs of payments, an incomplete regulatory infrastructure, and high trade facilitation and logistics costs, hold Lao PDR back."
As COVID reaches the world’s most fragile countries, knowledge of how it will impact conflict dynamics is critical. This knowledge will be essential for policymakers and humanitarian and development actors for the design of effective policies and strategies to address this evolving challenge.