UNDP and Viet Nam continue partnership for poverty reduction

17 Oct 2005

HA NOIOn the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the National Day for the Poor, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reaffirmed its support of Viet Nam’s key national programmes for poverty eradication today at a signing ceremony in Ha Noi.

With additional contributions from the United Kingdom and Finland, the $5 million (USD) project extension will continue to offer direct technical assistance to two of the most important government programmes for Poverty Reduction: the National Targeted Programme for Poverty Reduction (NTPPR) and the Programme for Socio-Economic Development of Ethnic Minority Areas (SEDEMA), both designed to channel resources of about $3.6 billion (USD) to the poorest areas of Viet Nam in the next five years.

“These national programmes are key to poverty reduction in Viet Nam and this technical assistance will support the government to ensure these programmes are designed and implemented effectively,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Jordan Ryan. “The efficiency and effectiveness of these two programmes depend on their ability to involve everyone at all stages, including the poorest men, women and children.”

UNDP will work closely with Viet Nam to share international experiences and ensure the best possible practices are adopted in the planning, implementation, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation systems of the two programmes. The project will focus on training national programme staff at all levels, including at communes, for effective implementation and greater transparency to better target the most vulnerable groups in Viet Nam. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hang said there are still about 4 million poor households in Viet Nam and a growing number of people falling back into poverty, while the poorest continue to reside in remote mountain areas.

"Continuing this project will benefit the NTPPR and SEDEMA programmes to make them more successful, reaching more poor people to improve their quality of life,” the MOLISA Minister said. “At the same time, it will help local officials at all levels, especially at the grassroots, to better improve their poverty reduction work." This agreement, which continues until 2010, carries on from the original project begun in 2002, which included an evaluation of the two original programmes, the Hunger Eradication Programme (HEPR) and Programme 135 (P135). Findings from the original project supported the design of programmes for 2006-2010, incorporating the recommendations from the evaluation.

SEDEMA will focus primarily on developing village and communal infrastructure covering 1.850 communes and 2.500 villages, the majority in mountainous and ethnic minority areas. NTP-PR focuses on thirteen policies and projects including support to poor households to expand their production and increase income, by providing credit, vocational training, productive land, basic infrastructure and more funds at the commune level. Improved access to health, education, housing and clean water will be provided while improving capacity building though dissemination strategies, training, and monitoring and evaluation.

Contact Information

Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media and Publications Unit
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.186 nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org

Do Thanh Lam, Poverty and Social Development Cluster, UNDP
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.121 do.thanh.lam@undp.org