With its country-wide programme in Lao PDR, DRGV aims at contributing to the improvement of the economic situation of farmers and micro-, small- and medium enterprises by strengthening self-help groups and cooperatives.

About the project

The DGRV Team in Laos works on all three levels. On the Macro level the team advices the local partners, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Bank of Lao, in matters of a cooperative law. Additionally, DGRV offers capacity building in various areas for the partner’s staff. On the Meso level DGRV Laos strengthens cooperative networks with organizational capacity building to foster exchange between cooperatives and strengthen their role. Finally, on the Micro level DGRV Laos works closely with individual cooperatives to build model cooperatives. DGRV Laos always takes into account the needs of the target groups and uses various instruments (study tours, internships, trainings) to reach its goal.

The project is funded by the BMZ – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and is currently running until the end of 2020.

Social Development Goals

With its activities DGRV Laos contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to:


Some activity highlights in 2019 include:

  • Audit Training for Bank of Lao staff
  • Saving and Credit Union Certificate Course for Board of Directors in close cooperation with the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions
  • Saving and Credit Union Forums
  • Cooperation Agreement with the National University of Laos
  • Bookkeeping Trainings for Cooperatives
  • Training of Trainers for Good Cooperate Governance
  • Trainings in Financial Literacy
  • Support the Vanmai Coffee Cooperative in Huapahn in close cooperation with UNODC (for more information see


Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – DRDC – Department of Rural Development and Cooperatives

The Department of Rural Development and Cooperatives is responsible for supporting and overseeing all agricultural cooperatives as well as farmer and production groups within Laos.

Bank of Lao – Financial Institutions Supervision Department

The Financial Institutions Supervision Department is responsible for supervision and auditing the Savings and Credit Unions in Laos.


DGRV – Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. – Laos
German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation Laos

Ban Phonsavanh-Tai, Unit 5, House No 071
Sisattanak District
P.O. Box 11370
Vientiane Capital

F. +856 21 263 559


Project Director

Mr. Holger Grages

Project Manager

Ms. Vimonlath Vannavong

Project Accounting/Finances

Ms. Valaphone Panyasiri

Other projects in the region


India 01

As sub-project of the regional programme ‘Promotion of Cooperative Self-Help Organisations in Asia’, DGRV together with its non-governmental long-term India partner APMAS – Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddhi Society has developed a pilot model for the self-regulation of women self-help groups in India to evolve into self-reliant organisations.


India 02

The project “Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector” is part of the special initiative One World – No Hunger of the BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.



With its country-wide programme in Cambodia, DRGV aims at promoting a functioning, multi-level cooperative system that enables cooperatives, and very specifically their farmer members to improve their individual economic situation. By promoting cooperative self-help, the project contributes to improving economic and social structures, strengthening civil society and reducing poverty.