Empowerment of Women in the Public Sector in the Context of International Economic Integration


This project will create opportunities for highly qualified women employed in Viet Nam’s public sector to undertake advanced study and research at the University of Cambridge and in collaboration with University of Cambridge scholars. The objective of the project is to help identify ways and means to empower women working in the public sector to deal with new challenges in relation to Viet Nam's deeper and broader economic integration, and prepare exceptionally talented women from Viet Nam’s public sector to take on leadership roles in all fields. The Cambridge Overseas Trust has agreed to provide over one million USD in support of this initiative to be applied to Cambridge University scholarships. Post-graduate level scholarships will be open to women in all fields, including, the natural sciences, social sciences, public administration, management and humanities, international economics and trade, and international politics. In addition to postgraduate training, the project will finance joint research projects involving Cambridge scholars and Vietnamese research teams led by women researchers (although men may participate on the research teams). The project will also sponsor annual conferences of research results and special and short training programmes for women in the public sector. The project will also support the formation of an Alumni Association for the promotion of women leaders in the public sector affiliated with the Viet Nam Women’s Union to create support networks, advocate for policies conducive to women’s career advancement in government and provide information to female professionals in the public sector on relevant issues.

What are the project's key results?

  • Series of policy research on women’s leadership in Viet Nam’s public sector.
  • Support networks for women leaders in the public sector
  • Scholarship & training and capacity building for women in the public sector.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
62479 Total budget is USD 5,050,000 (includes USD 1,168,079 from the Cambridge Overseas Trust and USD 50,000 in in-kind services from the Government of Viet Nam) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Multilateral and Economic Cooperation

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year     Delivery (USD)
2008 8,650
2009 480,765
2010 760,311
2011 796,665
2012 856,880
2013 459,307

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