GTZ-Vietnam introduced EFQM as an organisation-wide management tool in 2003. In order to measure the organisational, regional and country-specific annual targets for programming, a Perceptions Survey was carried out. MKE was contracted to design and implement an appropriate survey (based on the GTZ-Indonesia model) and analyse the results. The participants were members and stakeholders of sampled GTZ projects. Every effort was made to ensure comparability to the GTZ-Indonesia Survey. The findings were then presented at GTZ-Vietnam roundtable workshop.

Economic Reform and Development of the Market Economy (WiRAM)” is one of the three priority sectors of Vietnam-German Development Cooperation. The overall framework for the cooperation in this sector was set by the official WiRAM Strategy Paper, which – after consultations with the Vietnamese Government – was officially approved by both sides in October 2002. The paper defined SME promotion and financial services development as a key priority, together with economic reform and vocational training. A mission to “Elaborate an Implementation Strategy for the focal area Economic Reform and Market Development” was carried out in March 2003. The mission confirmed that the area of SME Promotion and Financial Systems Development is a priority field under “WiRAM”, which is the centre of the cooperation activities. In the context of this mission, the option was considered to work in close coopera­tion/part­ner­ship with a planned EU-Vietnam Private Sector Support Program (sub-component to create an enabling environment for private sector growth at provincial/municipal level).

In the Lao PDR, the German Government, through the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has two sectoral programs: 1). The ‘Human Resource Development for a Market Economy’ (HRDME) Program dealing with issues of Framework Conditions for economic development, labour market-oriented vocational education & training as well as the promotion of SME’s at the national level 2). The Rural Development of Mountainous Areas (RDMA) Program in Northern Lao PDR. Under the HRDME Program research was conducted on the impacts of large foreign investment projects has on SMEs. In this assignment the objective was to undertake two cases studies on the negative and positive socio-economic impacts of large/foreign investment on the national and local economy, more specifically Lao Brewery and Lang Xane Minerals.

Economic growth and rapid urbanization have led in recent years to degradation of the environmental situation in the urban centers of Vietnam. The City of Da Nang with its current population of approximately 875,000 inhabitants is no exception in this respect. GTZ is likely to enhance the implementation of its environmental urban agenda in an integrated manner, especially in relation to public transport and land use integration. A thorough analysis of the different needs and expectations of the male and female target population and staff  of intermediaries/ lead implementing agencies (at administrative up to management level) is instrumental for the success of every development cooperation intervention. Determining those differing needs and expectations will be one main objective of the research with particular regards to gender-sensitive land use planning, environmental impact and awareness and transportation.

The Action Program (AP) 2015, officially launched in April 2001 as an international commitment, is the German Government’s contribution to halving worldwide poverty by 2015. The program was based on a comprehensive approach which aimed at getting involved in institutions at the international level, both in partner countries and Germany, Europe and other industrial nations in the German Government’s poverty reduction efforts. 

In 2003, Vietnam started implementation of new components under the AP 2015 program: Social Security for the Poor, Poverty-oriented Impact Monitoring, Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty and Gender-Oriented Budget Planning. The activity involved advising the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs(MOLISA) on how to adjust its annual sector plan to CPRGS objectives is one of five activities falling under the Social Security for the Poor.