Pro-Poor Partnerships for Agro-forestry Development Project (3PAD) in Bac Kan province aimed to achieve sustainable and equitable poverty reduction and to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor in mountainous areas of Bac Kan Province. The project established an Agribusiness Promotion Investment Fund (APIF) with a total value of USD 2 million in financial support to provide up to 49% of its capital, including tax for public commodities generated from investments in Bac Kan Province. APIF aimed to create a premise for participation of the private sector in the province’s development in order to improve livelihoods; thereby transforming the traditional farming model to commodity-oriented, semi-commercial agriculture system. This transformation was essential to market development including supply chain and value chain improvement.

The aim of the Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction Project (NMPRP) was to target six rural provinces in Vietnam’s Northern Mountain Region with two main objectives: to reduce poverty, and to strengthen participatory management at the commune level (in the provinces. The project invests in 44 districts in the six provinces, benefiting approximately one million people, of whom 85% are ethnic minorities. 

The objectives of the this project were to: review the housing loan offer in Vietnam and assess the accessibility potential for poor families with no collateral; assess the feasibility of the sustainable revolving fund for the poor for preventive strengthening of houses against damage caused by natural disasters in Central Vietnam; and evaluate house strengthening costs over the past five years, with regards to inflation, the profile of borrowing, minimum subsidy and direct cash or non-cash contributions by families.

Since April 1998, SC/US had been executing a microfinance program with its implementing partner, the Women’s Union (WU), in the Nong Cong District of Thanh Hoa Province. At the end of October 2003, the program counted 4,012 active clients in 11 communes, with US$151,536 in outstanding loans. Ninety-nine percent of the active clients were women. After five years of operation, SC/US decided to conduct a comprehensive program evaluation and impact assessment to determine whether the program achieved its goals and objectives, and whether the program had its desired socio-economic impact on the targeted beneficiaries and their community.