The program for access Improvement to Markets in the Eastern Region of East Timor Leste (AIM) directly supported the National Development Plan designed to facilitate the country’s economic and social development through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridge network in potentially rich agricultural districts in the Eastern region, namely Viqueque and Lautern. The project was originally designed for 2.5 years until end of 2006 but was extended to the end of 2008 with an additional USD 700,000 contribution from the Government of Timor Leste.

The impact evaluation project was a comprehensive post-evaluation of the Swedish Bai Bang paper mill project that began in the 1970s and ended in 1996. The project was reviewed for economic sustainability, technical efficiency, and provincial and nationwide socio-economic impact. The final report was published by SIDA in Stockholm.

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.

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.

There has been substantial research on poverty, mostly based on two Vietnam Living Standards Surveys (VLSS). Most if it has been focused on targeting issues (“who are the poor?”), thereby identifying households “left behind” and their characteristics. This research aimed to focus on the short-run effects of price changes on poverty in Vietnam.