The Vietnam-Finland Forestry Sector Cooperation Programme has implemented a Credit Scheme since 1996 in Bac Kan Province covering two districts and nine communes. The Credit Scheme has evolved over the years since 1999 and in recent years has been managed by four separate operators: the Vietnam Bank for Poor in Cho Don and Ba Be, and the Women’s Union in Cho Don and Ba Be.

Prior research into the political economy of Vietnam generally lacked a comprehensive framework for understanding the key relationships within the Vietnamese system. This research project intended to develop a suitable analytical framework for understanding the political economy of Vietnam. For this, a review of the international theoretical literature was conducted, from which an analytical framework for modeling the situation in Vietnam was constructed. The project sought to develop suitable analytical frameworks around two themes: grassroots democracy and the influence of research on policy formation