The objectives of the this project were to: establish a base-line for AMCAP and OCAP, with a data-base system installed (Ainaro, Manatuto Community Activation Project); establish a functional monitoring system, whereby the above established indicators can be effectively tracked to determine progress; ensure that the relevant AMCAP and OCAP staff are trained in the effective use of the system, whereby they can independently operate it; and link-up and build capacities of staff within the National Statistical Department (NSD) in relation to the design, analysis and development of the poverty profiling exercise.

The MPDF was in the process of designing Phase III of the MPDF and commissioned this private sector development review as part of the scoping process. The project aimed to: a) identify emerging opportunities as well as constraints and market failures; and b) map government strategies, donor activities/priorities and private sector trends to describe IFC-MPDF’s institutional operating environment and identify gaps or overlap.

This report mapped trends of anti-dumping and NME status since 1978 to date by both the US Department of Commerce (DoC) and the European Commission (EC) and uses China and Vietnam as case-studies throughout. The definitions as applied by the EC and the US DoC are presented and analysed comparatively to other developed and developing countries. A literature review was carried out that tried to measure the cost to a developing country from being classified as a NME, including discussion of the most recent application of Countervailing Duties (CVD’s) to China. The formal criteria specified by the EC and the US DoC were analysed against recent NME graduates, and non-graduates, and also countries that have never been classified.

The overall objective of the study was to assess how the trade and trade-related provisions of the FTA being negotiated between the EU and ASEAN could affect social, environmental and developmental issues in the EU area and in ASEAN member countries. 

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has been appointed to carry out the research project entitled “Measuring the Economic Benefits of Competition”. Five countries (Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Vietnam and Pakistan) and four markets (sugar, beer, cement and mobile phones) have been chosen as the focus of analysis. In 2009 these four markets were analysed in each country.  The analysis in each case examined the policy context, business environment, degree of competition and market outcomes. During the analysis, missions took place in each country for two weeks and were attended by two to three team members from the UK.  During the mission, the team met with the relevant competition authorities, regulators, trade associations, market players, consumer associations, researchers, advocacy groups and other relevant parties to discuss the project and obtain information.  After the mission, a country-specific report was written covering each of the four markets. On completion of all five country missions a final report was prepared, bringing together and comparing the market findings from each country. The dissemination phase consisted of presenting the findings to relevant stakeholders in each of the countries studied.

Vietnam introduced an economic stimulus package in December 2008 in response to the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. The purpose of this study was to identify key gender issues of the Vietnamese economic stimulus package for a future gender assessment of the Government’s economic strategies and to develop recommendations for future economic stimulus packages to ensure that they address the differential impacts of economic crises and responses on Vietnamese women and men. 

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of national pro-poor policies and socio-economic development plans (SEDP) by monitoring and reporting on MDG progress that is incorporated into national SEDP and policies. This was achieved through support to strengthening national capacity for MDGs/VDGs monitoring and reporting. The 2008 MDG Report (i) reported on the progress towards achieving MDGs at both national and local levels, (ii) served as the national tool for monitoring VDGs/MDGs and (iii) provided inputs to the mid-term review and terminal review of the implementation process of the five year SEDP 2006-2020 in 2008 and 2010 respectively. It also contributed to the preparation of the SEDP 2011-2015.

The East Asia Pacific Enterprise Survey Initiative (the Initiative) was a World Bank Group (the World Bank) program that consolidated and standardized the Enterprise Surveys (formerly the Investment Climate Surveys). The goal was to have implementing contractors use a standardize method to survey the manufacturing and retail sectors in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, Lao PDR, Fiji, Samoa, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Micronesia. Standardizing survey instruments, survey methodology and survey implementation, would significantly reduce measurement error and improve cross-country comparability. 

The main objective of this project was to provide an understanding of the key factors that drive inequality in Vietnam and the existing policy responses to mitigate these factors as well as put forth recommendations for equitable development. The study also served as an analytical reference for the Government of Vietnam’s five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan.

Between 2000 and 2025, the urban population of East Asia (including South East Asia) is expected to increase by 500 million, or 65%, compared to an overall population increase of 17%. Accommodating this increase in a sustainable and equitable manner will represent one of the major development challenges in the coming decades. Further demands on land will come from the need to provide for industrial and commercial development in certain countries. There has been a general lack of synthesized information, especially quantitative, on most topics related to the urban fringe as well as policy measures that can lead to urban fringe development that encourages growth, is environmentally sustainable, is inclusive (not marginalising the poor) and addresses the needs of current occupiers.