The specific objective of this assignment was to evaluate the Luxembourg contribution in the implementation of the development strategies of Laos and Vietnam and to provide recommendations in order to optimize future ICP interventions.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been one of the donors of Debt Management and Financial Analysis System Program (DMFAS) of UNCTAD, for more than a decade. The last commitment for financing the program ended in 2008. For making a sound decision on their role and on contributions in the future they requested to have an assessment of DMFAS.  The aim of this assessment is to provide insight into the development, management and implementation of the program since May 2005, indicate any problems that arose and how they were dealt with them, record results both interim and final, and to recommend improvements. The emphasis of the evaluation is on the policy relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the program. The result contains recommendations for the MFA’s future contributions to DMFAS as well as findings and recommendations on the overall policies and operations of the program.

There has been substantial research on poverty, mostly based on two Vietnam Living Standards Surveys (VLSS). Most if it has been focused on targeting issues (“who are the poor?”), thereby identifying households “left behind” and their characteristics. This research aimed to focus on the short-run effects of price changes on poverty in Vietnam. 

The UNDP-Netherlands jointly-funded project to support the Machinery for the Advancement of Women to Mainstream Gender in National Policy and Planning with the specific output of “increased understanding of emerging gender issues” sought to evaluate the effects of Vietnam’s economic integration on women. The aims of the research were to find out the disparities between men and women, and other critical gender issues in the economic integration period and other issues of concern in key sectors for macro-level policy attention. The study focused on the key sectors of garments and footwear, where women’s participation is significant.