The assessment of the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh was carried out to assess the functional capacities of the key provincial organizations for delivering provincial programming in key areas identified. The assessment also determined how CIDA could best strengthen the provincial functional capacity to meet their objectives and expected results in specific areas identified for support (i.e. public financial management, small-scale infrastructures, small and medium enterprises – SME development, agriculture and rural livelihoods).

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) undertook extensive planning activities to design three projects focusing on budget support for SME and agricultural development. in the provinces of Soc Trang, Ha Tinh, and Thanh Hoa. Alignment of CIDA funding to the provinces' plans and systems was the program's main strategy. This required significant upfront institutional capacity and risk assessments. MKE collaborated with CIDA and the provinces of ST, HT and TH to conduct capacity and risk assessments. The assessment’s intent was to assist CIDA and its provincial partners in completing the design of their three development initiatives. It assisted CIDA in: 1) furthering its understanding of PFM in Vietnam, in particular at the provincial level; 2) assessing the provinces’ capacity to carry out its main public financial management functions; and 3) assessing the associated fiduciary risks in each provincial context.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is providing funding for two initiatives in the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh – i ) the Soc Trang Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project; and ii) the Ha Tinh Agricultural Development Project, both of which are being implemented through targeted budget support to the provinces over a duration of six years.  The projects became operational in early 2011.  Despite a focus on different sub-sectors in each province, similar approaches have been adopted involving developing and strengthening existing sector policy frameworks, public financial management capacity and existing local accountability frameworks. Local monitoring services are sought by the Embassy for both of these initiatives

The Rural Enterprise Expansion Project (REEP) implemented by Oxfam Quebec aimed to improve rural livelihoods through support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in rural areas. The outcomes of the project were; 1) an improved environment to foster the development of MSME, including women owned enterprises, in poor rural communities in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa, and 2) the increased viability and number of MSME, including women-owned enterprises.

The assessment of the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh was carried out to assess the functional capacities of the key provincial organizations for delivering provincial programming in key areas identified. The assessment also determined how CIDA could best strengthen the provincial functional capacity to meet their objectives and expected results in specific areas identified for support (i.e. public financial management, small-scale infrastructures, small and medium enterprises – SME development, agriculture and rural livelihoods).