Support to the Improvement and Implementation of the National Hunger Eradication and Poverty Reduction Targeted Programme (Phase II)

Introduction

The Government has made a  strong commitment to eradicate hunger and halve the poverty rate by 2015. To  help achieve this target, in September 2001, the Government approved a  five-year, $2 billion national targeted programme on hunger eradication,  poverty reduction and job creation (NTP HEPR-JC). The Prime Minister  established an inter-ministerial board, and appointed the Ministry of Labor, Invalids  and Social Affairs and the Ministry for Planning and Investment to coordinate  the programme’s implementation. 

 As the national targeted  programme on poverty forms an important part of Viet Nam’s recently approved  Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy, its design and effective  implementation is key to success. Therefore, the major part of this project is  to help the Government to review comprehensively the implementation and impact  of both NTP HEPR-JC and 135 programme to identify key issues, lessons learned  and recommendations. UNDP provides technical support, through a collaborative  process between government agencies, led by MOLISA and donors, in designing of  a new Poverty Reduction programme for period 2006-2010. New poverty line and  targeting mechanism will be proposed and tested for national application. 

The project strengthens  capacity of HEPR staff, and establishes an inter-agency system to monitor  programme progress made towards the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and Viet Nam’s  Development Goals (MDGs and VDGs). Lessons learned and policy gaps will be  identified. An integral part of the project is to review and improve the social  safety nets for the poor and vulnerable groups

The project also funds  research to foster debate and formulate better policies against hunger and  poverty. It looks more deeply at the poverty situation throughout the country,  and pay special attention to the increasing inequality. The project examines  the impact of reforms from multiple perspectives, including gender. It also  continues to support the National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in  producing Viet Nam Human Development Reports every two years.

What are the project's key results?

  • To help coordinate formulation and implementation of targeted HEPR programmes.
  • To help establish a system to monitor programme progress made towards MDGs and VDGs.
  • To help improve the social security system and social safety nets.
  • To support capacity building for HEPR staff.
  • To undertake policy-driven research about poverty related issues, and support the production of National Human Development Reports.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency



Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
00015593 (VIE/02/001) US$5.0 million from UNDP, DFID, Finland and others, US$200,000 (in kind) from the Government of Viet Nam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Delivery (USD)
2006 941,293
2007 1,164,872
2008 956,343
2009 813,784
2010 519,621
2011 522,217
2012 48,141

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