UN, Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences to collaborate on National Human Development Report for Viet Nam

Aug 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”.

Contact informationUNDP: Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, UN Communications Unit, nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org 84-4-822 4383 ext.121

Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences: Mrs. Tran Thi Lan Anh, Deputy National Project Director, VASS
lananh@netnam.vn 84-4-273 0445

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