Sombath Somphone was elected to receive the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in recognition of his efforts to promote sustainable development in Laos by training and motivating young Laotians. See this link for his citation.
He has now been missing for more than a year. Sombath was last seen in a surveillance video heading home in his car on 15 December 2012. See this website for the latest news about his disappearance.
Our house and many of our authors have been inspired by Sombath’s work in participatory development and learnt from his wisdom in the field. We share the concern of our colleagues and friends around the world for Sombath Somphone’s well-being.