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Proposed Lao Curbs on NGOs Seen as Choking Development Projects

The Lao government’s changes to regulations on domestic nonprofit associations will hinder the work of the groups and slow down development projects in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, an NGO official said Friday.

By RFA

Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Laos, September 20, 2015

RFA

The Lao government’s changes to regulations on domestic nonprofit associations will hinder the work of the groups and slow down development projects in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, an NGO official said Friday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has been amending the decree on nonprofit associations (NPAs) and foundations since early last year by adding a requirement that the groups must notify or obtain permission from relevant ministries for funding they receive from foreign sources.

 

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