This research project had two objectives. Firstly, it surveyed the private consulting companies in Hanoi and identified their capacities to deliver specialized services for the Danish Embassy and Danish projects. This was due to little comprehensive information having been available about the consulting companies currently operating in Hanoi and their capacity to provide different consulting services. During 2005, the Royal Danish Embassy in Hanoi commissioned Mekong Economics Ltd. to survey the leading private consulting companies in Hanoi to identify their capacities for providing specialized services for Danish projects in Vietnam. Secondly, to estimate appropriate rates for Vietnamese consultants in Hanoi working for foreign donors and to develop a framework that can be used to estimate consultant wages into the future for both donors and the Government of Vietnam.

At the time of this project, DANIDA had three sector programs in Vietnam, including water (WSPS), fisheries (FSPS) and agriculture (ASPS). These three sectors had a cross-cutting sub-component of microcredit. The approach chosen for establishing credit lines within the different sector programs is apparently quite different. Due to the differences in the three sectors in providing credit, the supervision and working mechanisms were not consistent and unclear.

The Council of Co-operatives and Non State Enterprises (CCNSE) of Ninh Binh province and SNV cooperated in executing the Entrepreneurial Support Services (ESS) Project as part of the Income & Employment Generation (IEG) programme of SNV Vietnam. The IEG programme responds to the pressing need to absorb the fast growing labour surplus in rural areas. Specifically, there are areas where agriculture does not generate sufficient income and only part-time employment. Employment in state-owned enterprises has been declining and rural enterprises are still underdeveloped.

The overall project involved surveying 1600 SMEs and 960 households.  The SME component aimed to collect new and crucial information on the development of rural and urban SMEs in order to evaluate the potential role of SMEs in job creation, as well as to understand the problems and constraints faced by these SMEs - in order to develop recommendations and policy options to submit to the Government of Vietnam.
The household component aimed to gather, assess and analyse information on resource allocations in rural households including access to land, capital, labour and markets.  This survey aimed to fill current gaps in access to these key economic resources and constraints on access to these resources in order to contribute to policy formulations to submit to the Government of Vietnam.

Consultants were tasked with designing the project “Developing the Private Sector in Lang Son”. The project aimed at strengthening public information services and clarifying government oversight of the private sector in Lang Son. The proposed activities included: setting up a Business Support Centre to act as a one-stop shop and provide free information for private sector business persons; setting up a Business Association; organising workshops; conducting study tours; producing newsletters and articles in local newspapers; producing information packs about government services, and producing government agency brochures.

The overlying challenge of the Vietnamese government is the creation of a “fair, level and competitive playing field for all enterprises, state and private, domestic and foreign” in line with the country’s Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy. The Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS) funded by the Danish Government aims to address major issues to create an enabling and fair environment in particular for private businesses.

The objective of this project was to formulate a Business Plan which enabled the National Institute of Labour Protection (NILP) to set up a permanent exhibition with the ability to become autonomous from external support after its inception phase.

The UNDP-Netherlands jointly-funded project to support the Machinery for the Advancement of Women to Mainstream Gender in National Policy and Planning with the specific output of “increased understanding of emerging gender issues” sought to evaluate the effects of Vietnam’s economic integration on women. The aims of the research were to find out the disparities between men and women, and other critical gender issues in the economic integration period and other issues of concern in key sectors for macro-level policy attention. The study focused on the key sectors of garments and footwear, where women’s participation is significant.

The objectives of the project were; 1) to help the universities gather adequate and timely feedback on recent graduate employment relative to the labor market; and 2) to aggregate the information given by individual universities into a system-wide national report to inform higher education management agencies and to be the foundation for curriculum renovation. The Higher Education Graduate Tracer Survey was conducted in approximately 80 higher education institutions (HEIs) in two rounds (2005 and 2006).

The purpose of this research was to assist the local partners to address the rural labor market, thereby helping the poor to improve their employment opportunities in four communes of two districts in Thanh Hoa province. The key objectives of the assignment were to: depict the rural labour market situation of the project communes/districts; propose concrete measures addressing key bottlenecks in the rural labor market for the project areas, and empower the local partners in tackling employment issues faced by the rural poor.