UN, Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences to collaborate on National Human Development Report for Viet NamAug 1, 2008
Ha Noi - The Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today a USD 3.5 million initiative to strengthen research and policy development capacity within VASS, and develop a National Human Development Report for Viet Nam. The Government of Spain will also provide support for this initiative, which will create opportunities for researchers from Viet Nam to work collaboratively with international human development and policy experts.
Professor Do Hoai Nam, President of VASS, emphasized at the Signing Ceremony that “This project will make a significant contribution to strengthening the research, training and policy advocacy capacities of VASS so that it can fulfill its responsibilities more productively.”
This new project, entitled “Support for Effective Policy Making through the Development of Scientific Evidenced Based Research,” aims to build the capacity of VASS researchers in three areas: research management, human development research and policy advocacy. The project will also provide researchers with opportunities to practically apply these skills, in particular through the preparation of a National Human Development Report for Viet Nam. The report will improve the understanding of human development in Viet Nam and outline practical policy approaches for expanding the choices and opportunities available to all Vietnamese citizens.
VASS conducts fundamental research into socio-economic, cultural and human development in Viet Nam at the request of the Government. Through applied research projects within its 29 institutes, VASS provides the academic foundations for Government plans, strategies and policies. As Viet Nam becomes increasingly integrated into the world economy and an increasingly active member of the international community, the issues faced by policy makers are more complex, and fast changing. By improving research processes and production within VASS, policy makers can be fully equipped with the knowledge, research and analysis they need to address these challenging policy issues.
“These new emerging challenges cannot be addressed by simply replicating past policies and practices, nor can they be resolved by replicating the approach taken by any other country,” said UNDP Deputy Country Director Christophe Bahuet. “Vietnam’s future challenges will best be addressed with solid research and analysis that will offer a sound understanding of all new social and economic realities, and deep knowledge of emerging tendencies in the world economy and international politics. This requires a national capacity to conduct and publish research, and participate in global discussions and networks” he added.
The project was signed at an official ceremony attended by representatives of VASS, UNDP, the Spanish Embassy, the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the Office of the Government.
Professor Nam expressed VASS’s appreciation for UNDP’s valuable and effective assistance in designing and funding this important project, concluding that “VASS is committed to implementing the project in accordance with defined objectives and workplans and will complete these activities to the highest standard”.
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Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences: Mrs. Tran Thi Lan Anh, Deputy National Project Director, VASS
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