Annually, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) produces a Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group (CG). This report identifies Vietnam’s development priorities for upcoming years. The CG Meetings for Vietnam bring together participants from the Government of Vietnam and representatives of about 50 bilateral and multilateral donors to Vietnam. Vietnamese and International NGOs and representatives of the Vietnam Business Forum participate as observers. Consultative Group meetings provide a forum for discussions between the Government of Vietnam and its development partners on economic policy issues, strategies for reducing poverty, and ODA effectiveness. The MPI translates the Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group into Vietnamese, and Mekong Economics Ltd. has the annual role of editing the English version and ensuring it is consistent with the Vietnamese version.

The Vietnamese Government and the UNDP agreed on a four-year $2.38 million technical cooperation project in September 1997. The project benefited from the support of other donors, businesses, the mass media and the broader community and was nationally executed by the CIEM. 

This project involved research and the drafting of a Discussion Paper. This paper attempted to contribute to the current debate by examining the implications of Decree 10 for the accessibility of publicly provided health and education services, especially for the poor and near poor. This was achieved by analyzing the accessibility to social services and their affordability before and after the introduction of Decree 10. Using Vietnam’s own past experience with user charges as well as those of other developing countries, the paper provided an in-depth analysis of the affordability of health care services and basic education. The implications of Decree 10 for affordability of social services were then discussed using the available data from hospitals that implemented the decree.

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.

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of national pro-poor policies and socio-economic development plans (SEDP) by monitoring and reporting on MDG progress that is incorporated into national SEDP and policies. This was achieved through support to strengthening national capacity for MDGs/VDGs monitoring and reporting. The 2008 MDG Report (i) reported on the progress towards achieving MDGs at both national and local levels, (ii) served as the national tool for monitoring VDGs/MDGs and (iii) provided inputs to the mid-term review and terminal review of the implementation process of the five year SEDP 2006-2020 in 2008 and 2010 respectively. It also contributed to the preparation of the SEDP 2011-2015.