21 May 2021
To increase access to justice in the country, the Foundation’s Legal Aid Program is providing support to the Lao Ministry of Justice and the Lao Bar Association to establish and operate 94 legal aid offices and eight legal aid clinics throughout the country, including essential and important legal aid services such as documentation and court representation. [...] 24 Pacific Islands In 2020, the Foundation moved forward with programs the pandemic, and potential actions by government, and plans for expanded work in the Pacific and the the private sector, and civil society to respond to them. [...] We hired a Pacific Islands Director and Program Manager to oversee In 2020, the Foundation supported a research project our work; expanded our relations with governments, and publication on The Future of Work for Women in civil society organizations, and development partners the Pacific Islands to better understand key economic in the region; launched and other challenges that both print and digit. [...] with the Government of Papua New Guinea’s Finally, we began providing Department of ICT, the books to schools, Asia-Pacific Network nongovernment, and Information Centre, and government agencies in the Australian and New Fiji, in cooperation with Zealand Ministries of the U. [...] Working towards improving air connectivity to Timor-Leste as part of its tourism recovery, we published Covid-19 and the Alignment of Timor-Leste’s Aviation and Tourism Strategies; and in order to strengthen the country’s tourism sector and promote coffee- tourism as a niche, we supported the country’s National Coffee Association to provide training to 11 coffee businesses and promote Timor-Leste.