The Vietnamese Government and the UNDP agreed on a four-year $2.38 million technical cooperation project in September 1997. The project benefited from the support of other donors, businesses, the mass media and the broader community and was nationally executed by the CIEM.
SC wished to conduct a survey in order to evaluate the impact that their Dawn Microfinance Program has had on the lives of poor women clients and their families, including assessing the possible reduction in their vulnerability through increased human, social and financial assets. As a child-focused organization, SC specifically wants to know whether the children of the borrowers are better off than they would have been otherwise. In addition to knowing whether the program was working, SC also wanted to know where it was working, how it was working and what it could do to improve it.
Since February of 2009, GTZ has supported the implementation of the Vietnamese strategy to improve access to premium quality health services for all strata of the population aiming at improving the general health status in a programmatic approach. The overall goal of the Program “Support to Decentralized Health Systems in Vietnam” was: to ensure the poor population in selected provinces of Vietnam has access to quality assured health care through decentralized health services.
This project involved research and the drafting of a Discussion Paper. This paper attempted to contribute to the current debate by examining the implications of Decree 10 for the accessibility of publicly provided health and education services, especially for the poor and near poor. This was achieved by analyzing the accessibility to social services and their affordability before and after the introduction of Decree 10. Using Vietnam’s own past experience with user charges as well as those of other developing countries, the paper provided an in-depth analysis of the affordability of health care services and basic education. The implications of Decree 10 for affordability of social services were then discussed using the available data from hospitals that implemented the decree.