The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is providing funding for two initiatives in the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh – i ) the Soc Trang Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project; and ii) the Ha Tinh Agricultural Development Project, both of which are being implemented through targeted budget support to the provinces over a duration of six years.  The projects became operational in early 2011.  Despite a focus on different sub-sectors in each province, similar approaches have been adopted involving developing and strengthening existing sector policy frameworks, public financial management capacity and existing local accountability frameworks. Local monitoring services are sought by the Embassy for both of these initiatives