Project under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership are implemented with many different partners, including governments, academia, and civil society organizations.

Friends of the Lower Mekong

The Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) is a multinational effort intended to create integrated sub-regional cooperation between and among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States. It is an important convening platform and mechanism to improve donor coordination in programming development assistance in the Mekong sub-region. Participating FLM members include Australia, Japan, S. Korea, New Zealand, the European Union, Asian Development Bank, and World Bank.


The FLM is carried out through two main tracks:

1. Donor Dialogue among partner country development agencies and multilateral development institutions in order to: expand information sharing; strengthen partner country ownership of programs; and, support emerging donors in the lower Mekong region.

2. Annual Policy Dialogue between foreign affairs ministries on non-traditional security issues, such as the LMI Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue, and Mekong River Commission technical capacity.


Activities under FLM promote broad cooperation and coordination with donors, international financial institutions, and multilateral organizations to increase efficiency, identify and meet programmatic and resources gaps, and avoid redundancy and overlapping activities.

For example, this website shares best practices and information on development assistance programming in the Lower Mekong sub-region. There is also Lower Mekong Initiative Food Security Donor Mapping activity that is managed by the Mekong Institute.  This donor map looks to increase coordination and connectivity throughout the LMI region through providing regional donors and stakeholders with information on priorities and programs in the food security sector.  In Washington DC, the Asia Donor Working Group meets monthly to update FLM partners and U.S. missions on the latest developments in programming in the Lower Mekong sub-region.

The Friends of the Lower Mekong include Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the European Union, Asian Development Bank, and World Bank.

Other Partners

Additional information on our other partners will be updated