The program was designed with a rights-based approach to poverty alleviation by means of promoting participation, grassroots democracy and transparency. The The Chia Se Program included four different projects, one national project and three provincial projects (in the Ha Giang, Yen Bai and Quang Tri provinces). The role of the Sida Advisory Team (SAT) was to function as professional advisors to Sida in order to strengthen the quality of Sida follow-up activities in rural development. Quality was interpreted in a wide sense including technical, institutional and managerial aspects. The SAT provided advice to the Embassy of Sweden in regards to the long-term reduction of poverty, a rights-based approach to development, and improved donor coordination and harmonization.