Support to PAR in Ho Chi Minh City 2008 - 2011Public administration reform (PAR) lies at the heart of Viet Nam’s effort to move towards people-centered development. The reforms are vital to ensure the linkage between economic growth and poverty reduction, and for the country’s further integration into regional and international economic systems. The PAR Master Programme (2001 – 2010) presents a holistic and systematic approach to address both urgent and fundamental issues vital to Viet Nam’s development agenda.
Strengthening the Capacity of the Viet Nam Lawyers AssociationThe Viet Nam Lawyers Association (VLA) is a “political, social, professional association” under the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). It has 32,000 members, including diversified legal professionals. The broad mandate, extensive membership base, and direct access to decision-making on judicial and legal reform issues gives the VLA a potentially very significant role in the country’s efforts to promote the rule of law and access to justice for all.
Strengthening the Capacity of People's Elected Bodies in Viet NamThis project aims to strengthen the capacities of the National Assembly (and its Secretariat) to perform its constitutional functions, while increasing transparency and accountability. The project will also provide support to the decentralization process with a special focus on Provincial People’s Councils.
MARD – Macro ManagementThe project is to support the development of MARD into a modern macro-level ministry by applying the following three key strategic approaches, each developed with specific and tangible results: (1) Decentralisation of state management functions to most appropriate vertical level; (2) Outsourcing delivery of selected public service; and (3) Enhancing community involvement and participation, enabling sector actors to make informed decisions based on improved access to information. The project will actively promote participation, transparency and broad information towards the ARD sector and including mass organisations, farmers and civil society organisations.
Capacity Building for Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology AssociationsThe non-state sector in Viet Nam, including unions, professional organisations, business associations, non governmental organisations, community based organisations, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Grassroots democracy and people’s participation are becoming more and more important, and the contributions that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can make to Viet Nam’s socio-economic development are being recognized as never before. Recent legislation has helped open up the space for public debate and acknowledged the vital role civil society, especially intellectuals, can play in Viet Nam’s future development.
Capacity Building for the Implementation of International Human Rights Treaties in Viet NamPromoting and protecting human rights lies at the heart of Viet Nam’s Constitution and related policy and legal documents. As outlined in the publication Achievements in the Protection and the Promotion of Human Rights in Viet Nam, the Government seeks to ensure the realization of human rights through, inter-alia, the process of economic, social and cultural development in general, the building and improvement of a modern legal system and effective implementation mechanisms. Viet Nam acceded to major UN human rights treaties.
The Budgetary Process and Oversight Capacity of the National Assembly and Provincial People's Councils ProjectThis project seeks to strengthen oversight capacities of the National Assembly’s institutions and provincial People’s Councils of selected provinces. A budget oversight tailored made training programme (including analysis of budget implications for the poor) will be formulated and delivered to members of parliament and People’s Councils’ deputies. The project assists in the review and improvement of parliamentary rules and procedures for the examination, approval and oversight of the state budget. An information disclosure regulation and tools (including web-site) will be developed to improve information sharing between the National Assembly, the provincial People’s Councils, ministries and public agencies.