The objectives of the this project were to: review the housing loan offer in Vietnam and assess the accessibility potential for poor families with no collateral; assess the feasibility of the sustainable revolving fund for the poor for preventive strengthening of houses against damage caused by natural disasters in Central Vietnam; and evaluate house strengthening costs over the past five years, with regards to inflation, the profile of borrowing, minimum subsidy and direct cash or non-cash contributions by families.

The World Bank and DFID have been involved in the provision of rural transport in Vietnam through the Rural Transport 2 (RT2) programme. RT2 has provided investment funds and technical assistance to support rural transport infrastructure, policy and private sector development in the MoT and provinces. As part of this work RT2 supported the development of new strategies and policies within the MoT. This study informed this programme and the design of the third rural transport project (RT3).