ARMI was founded by 15 former CIDSE staffs in October 2006, after CIDSE’s members had decided that the CIDSE offices in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos should become local organisations.
CIDSE-Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Cooperation International pour le Development et la Solidarite) (CIDSE-CLV programme) was funded by a consortium of 16 member organizations based in Europe and North America. They share a common strategy on development approaches, development education and advocacy, based on values of solidarity, justice, peace and preferential options for the poor. The program was started in Vietnam in 1997, Cambodia in 1979 and Laos in 1988.
At the CIDSE-CLV Co-coordinating Committee meeting in Montreal in 1996, attendees discussed and agreed that Country Offices “need to become independent and self-reliant development organisations” and that the Member organization’s would stay together until at least 2002.
Following that agreement, staff in 3 country offices had some meetings together in order to prepare for becoming local organizations so they could continue to develop their own countries.
CIDSE-Vietnam closed its office at the end of 2005 and 2 organizations emerged named Centre of Community Socio Economic and Environmental Development (CSEED) and Centre for Sustainable Development (SRD) both based in Hanoi, Vietnam. CIDSE-Cambodia was also closed at the end of 2005 and one local organization emerged name Development and Partnership (DPA).
In May 2005 at the Lao member organization (LMO) meeting, it was discussed and agreed that “CIDSE-Laos office needs to close by the end of 2008”. Following that agreement, CIDSE-Laos’ staff has held many follow-up discussions. On 3-4 April 06, the last workshop was held in CIDSE Laos office, Fifteen CIDSE staff decided to set up a membership association name “Non-profit Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (NORMAI) registered under the Lao Union of Science and Engineering Associations (LUSEA) in October 10, 2006.
ARMI has been re-registered in August 9, 2012 under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and change the name to be: “Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI)” in order to fit to the decree No 115/PM on the association establishment in Laos was approved in April 29, 2009.
ARMI aims to contribute to a society that offers a future of well-being for all ethnic groups, based on mutual respect, sharing resources and opportunities, and care for the environment
1. To improve the quality of life and self-reliance of the poor and vulnerable in rural areas, through increased agriculture production and other income generation.
2. To promote energy saving and reducing the use of non-renewable energy.
- Food Security Programme: 31 villages in three districts: Saybouathong district Khammouane province, Atsaphone district and Thapangthong district Savannakhet province;
- Improved Cook Stoves Programme: Producers, Retailers and users in 5 Provinces: Vientiane Province, Vientiane Capital, Khammouane Province, Savannakhet province and Champasak province.
(1) General Assembly Meeting is the highest level, there are 63 members (20 Female);
(2) Governance Board is second level, there are 5 people (3 female) which has experience of the work of the administration and rural development. They’re both being advisors and leading to implement the activities in efficiencies and effective way;
(3) The Inspector committee is the position who will do inspection regularly, there are 3 persons (1 Female),
(4) 34 staff (15 female), 26 Project staff (10 female).