CPRI 14: Border Development, Resettlement and Adaptation in a Special Economic Zone

A case study of Khuan Village, Tonpheung District, Bo Kaeo Province in Lao PDR

The Lao PDR government has adopted a strategy of constructing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) where economic policies unique to the rest of the country foster economic growth. This case study investigates the SEZ in Tonpheung District and analyzes the effects of new economic enterprises on the livelihoods and quality of life of locals in Khuan Village. Most families received little to no legal assistance in the negotiation processes and do not feel they received appropriate compensation This study focuses on how the amount of financial and social capital possessed by a family prior to the changes caused by SEZ policies has directly affected their ability to adapt to change and form new livelihoods

Publication date : August 2018

Published by Chiang Mai University Press