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Since 2006, the strategy for development of Laos has included making money from land. Large areas have been snapped up by investors, most of them from richer neighbouring countries – namely China, Vietnam, and Thailand. But what is the quality of these investments, and what do they really contribute to the country’s development? Mandated by the Lao government, CDE scientists have developed an index – the first of its kind – that assesses the quality of land deals and points the way towards more sustainable investments.

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