Vietnam and Brazil working together for the promotion of human development

Apr 27, 2010

A Vietnamese delegation is in Brasilia for a week-long discussion with the Brazilian Government, the UN and civil society on how to better employ research results for the implementation of policies towards human development and social protection.

Brasilia – The President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences is leading a high-level mission to Brazil to learn from the country’s experience with the Human Development framework as a tool for policy making and evaluation of social policies. The Study Tour ‘Brazil and Vietnam: Dialogues on Human Development’ commenced yesterday in Brasilia with a welcome meeting at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG).

"We consider that both countries can cooperate a lot on development research and to learn from successfull social protection policies”, said Dr. Rathin Roy, Director of IPC-IG. According to Dr. Do Hoai Nam, President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, the Vietnamese are looking forward "understanding Brazil’s human development policies and how the country has been able to redistribute income and reduce inequality".

The delegation will participate in a series of meetings, seminars and field visits aiming at improving colloboration with Brazil on applied development research and its relevance for effective policies for the well-being of the Vietnam’s population. The Study Tour is part of UNDP Vietnam’s Project "Support for Effective Policy Making Through the Development of Scientific Evidence-Based Research (EBPM)” and is hosted by IPC-IG and UNDP Brazil.

‘Brazil’s big development transformation’
Dr. Roy pointed out that Brazil is proving that we can combine growth and inequality reduction and that growth can no longer be achieved at the expense of the well-being of a population. "IPC-IG will work with Vietnam’s delegation on sharing human development experiences and on building effective policies; this is how South-South Cooperation should be done”. This Study Tour represents a unique opportunity for strengthening cooperation between the two nations on various priority areas.

The Vietnamese delegation is interested in learning from Brazil’s Human Development innovations, such as the HD Atlas, the HD Reports, the Brasil Ponto a Ponto Campaign, and how this framework has been supporting the implementation of successul poverty and inequality-reducing policies. The Vietnamese representatives will also discuss the design and implementation of the globally-known Bolsa Família Programme and Brazil’s social protection and promotion network.

The delegation is headed by Mr. Do Hoai Nam, President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and leading author of the Vietnam Human Development Report. VASS was established in 1953 as the country’s most important applied research centre and has been supporting the government in various social development programmes. VASS counts on over 1,000 researchers working in 35 institutes all over the country.

Vietnam’s development successes
Vietnam has been showing outstanding development results in the last decades. Since the launch of the Doi Moi (Reform) process in 1986, the economy has been growing at an annual average of 7 per cent, paving the way for Vietnam to achieve middle-income status. The proportion of people living below the poverty line dropped from 58 per cent in 1993 to less than 22 per cent in 2007. However, the Vietnamese people face a widening rural-urban income gap and a growing inequality in general. About 90 percent of the poor live in the rural areas. Ethnic minorities still represent almost 30 per cent of the poor. The pace towards inclusive growth must be complemented by effective social protection and inclusion programmes.

Additional informationStudy
Tour “Brazil and Vietnam: Dialogues on Human Development”

Timing: 26 – 30 April 2010
Organizing institutions: IPC-IG, UNDP Brazil and UNDP Vietnam
Agenda of meetings:

About IPC-IG
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global centre that facilitates South-South learning with the aim of expanding developing countries’ knowledge and capacities to design, implement and evaluate effective policies towards the attainment of high inclusive growth. It is a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Brazil. Located in Brasilia, IPC-IG is a unique institutional arrangement for the Global South and provides the international community with innovative research insights on development, undertakes training for development countries’ representatives, and is engaged in global debates and fora. Visit our new website at:
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