Community participation in policymaking discussed in Ha Noi

As published in Vietnamplus on 13 October 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, in collaboration with the international nongovernmental organisation Oxfam, held a seminar entitled “Between prestige and mechanism: The people’s participation and local elections in Vietnam” in Hanoi on October 13.

The event is the result of a research study conducted by the UNDP and Oxfam to analyse the participation of the community in the policymaking process.

At the seminar, UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain said Vietnam has seen remarkable progress in economics and human development after three decades of reform.

The country’s constitution and political structure have opened up opportunities for people to participate in public management via elections for the National Assembly and local People’s Councils.

Participants proposed a number of measures to augment community participation in public management, including improving the implementation of feedback mechanisms to ensure the voice of the people is heard by the local administration.

Issues with encouraging the participation of the ethnic minority group members through their native languages, policy restructuring to meet the common interests between the people and the administration, and improving management quality were also mentioned.

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