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Community legal aid: worker access to labour rights in innovative way

"I didn’t know anything about the labor laws. On my contract most of articles were written as "according to the current regulations and laws" without giving any explanation. I was very confused and worried because I didn’t understand” says Nguyen Thi Vui. Vui and her husband Cuong livmore


Drafting laws that reflect the needs of ordinary people in Viet Nam

Tran Thi Hy is the head of Cho Lau town’s study promotion association in the Viet Nam province of Binh Thuan. Recently, she attended a public consultation on a proposed measure to raise school fees. "I was given a questionnaire to fill in and invited to speak,” she said. “I believe it is importmore


Ensuring women and children have access to clean water during floods

When her house became completely inundated because of a severe and longlasting flood in the Viet Nam Mekong Delta in October-November 2011, Ngoc, 29 years old, was forced to move and live in an improvised house without proper access to clean water. Tran Thi Ngoc, her husband Nguyen Van Xuan, 31, andmore

Ethnic minorities escape poverty in Viet Nam

In Muong Lat, a mountainous district of the Thanh Hoa province in Viet Nam, Luong Thi Xuan’s family is now better-off by raising Kerria Lacca, an insect that lives on palm trees and produces shellac, a kind of resin used in food, fine arts, and medicine. “My grandparents used to raise Kerria Lacca, more


Ethnic minority poverty reduction and social protection in Viet Nam

Supporting Ethnic Minority poverty reduction in Viet Nam UNDP has supported the Government in efforts to tackle deep seated, chronic poverty amongst ethnic minority groups since the mid 1990’s, providing early support to the Hunger Eradication and Poverty Reduction (HEPR) programme, the Socio Econommore


Floating backpack helps children get back to school

When his school became inundated due to the severe flooding in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta in October and November last year, seven-year old Nghia and his friends at the Thuong Thoi Hau A primary school in Dong Thap province could not go to school anymore. Nghia and his parents Nguyen Van Xuan, 31, andmore


Giving voice to 13,000 citizens: A unique survey in Viet Nam asks citizens about their experience of governance and public administration

With corruption a systemic problem in Viet Nam, a first-of-a-kind survey has asked people across the country what their experiences are of governance and public administration in the area they live. The UNDP-supported Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) is the lamore


Global initiative offers hope for hill tribe in Viet Nam

Like most of the K'Ho ethnic minority people living Preteng village, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, K'Sau is a person of the forest. The 30-years-old man and his family fully depend on the forests, particularly to meet their needs for fuel, water and food. Forests and forest land areas cover more


Knowing your rights: Land compensation and access to information in Viet Nam

Mr Hoang Van Khoa and Mrs Ung Duoc Lan live in Phan Lam, a mountainous commune in Bac Binh district, in the southeastern province of Binh Thuan in Viet Nam. In 2008, they lost their seven hectares of land which was to be used for a reservoir basin for an irrigation project. As a result, they were demore


Listening to the views and needs of poor and marginalized people

Yen Bai province – Sung Thi My is 18 years old. She lives in the mountainous village of Dau Cau, which is located in the district of Tram Tau in northern Yen Bai province. My is married and has an 18-month daughter. She only speaks her mother tongue, Mong, and not any Vietnamese. My never went to smore