Support to PAR in Ho Chi Minh City 2008 - 2011


Public administration reform (PAR) lies at the heart of Viet Nam’s effort to move towards people-centered development. The reforms are vital to ensure the linkage between economic growth and poverty reduction, and for the country’s further integration into regional and international economic systems. The PAR Master Programme (2001 – 2010) presents a holistic and systematic approach to address both urgent and fundamental issues vital to Viet Nam’s development agenda.

With the largest population and biggest share of the country’s economy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) takes the lead in many socio-economic development initiatives and policies. HCMC is also a leading locality in terms of PAR initiatives. PAR has contributed to positive changes in the way managers, and leaders think, lead, and manage in administrative agencies, thus increasing capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of the state apparatus. The results of PAR have helped HCMC to maintain high economic growth rates over the past 10 years—12.1 percent in 1997, 12.2 percent in 2006 and 12.7 percent in 2007. HCMC has attracted both domestic and foreign investment and PAR has contributed to creating an enabling environment for different sectors to do business, thus enabling the expression of local people’s full creativity and energy.

However, the City faces increasing challenges. Recent studies indicate an increasing stratification between different social groups, resulting in a growing polarization between the rich and the poor. The City is facing many new difficulties in its urbanization process. These include deterioration of education and health care services and water and sanitation facilities, acute housing problems, poorly planned construction, lack of adequate architectural and spatial planning, urban transport problems, and ineffective urban development planning and management. These challenges have created an urgent need for the development of a new urban governance model to help the City efficiently achieve inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.

The new project “Support to PAR in HCM City” reflects the strategic orientation as shown in the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) and the UN’s One Plan as agreed between UNDP and the Government of Viet Nam.

What are the project's key results?

  • Development of a new Urban Governance Model supported
  • A framework for PPP developed and piloted in public service delivery and infrastructure
  • A more efficient city wide MIS and marketing system developed
  • Performance efficiency enhanced

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
61136 2,000,000 US$ UNDP People’s Committee of HCMC People’s Committee of HCMC

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year      Delivery (USD)
2008 181,568
2009 237,449
2010 274,823
2011 263,123
2012 82,683

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