The following two initiatives were assessed as part of the “Evaluation of the performance of the Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC) 2009” 1).Strengthening of the institutional capacity of the Vietnam Women’s Union to manage savings and credit programs for rural poor women (phase II) ((Social Development through Micro-credit) 2). Supporting the Public Administrative Reform Programme in Can Tho Province. The main objectives of the evaluation were to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of these two initiatives and improve the performance of BTC through lessons learned and recommendations.

JICA has financially supported numerous rural and poor provinces to improve their basic small-scale infrastructures to promote growth in rural economies and reduce poverty. JICA has also extended its technical cooperation to the Hoa Binh Provincial DPI to plan and implement their Socio-Economic Development Plan. Its recent move to the four provinces in the Northwest region is to promote artisan craft through working with local government from the start (planning) to the end (completion and O&M).

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) had been working with the Rural Poverty and Environment (RPE) initiative within IDRC to develop a research agenda that supports poor, rural households to engage more successfully with global economic processes. The ODI managed the implementation of a research theme which aimed to integrate poverty and environmental concerns into value chain analysis. This research involved supporting researchers, civil society and entrepreneurs wanting to undertake action research on one or more pro-poor, natural resource-based value chains in disadvantaged regions in Africa and Asia.

The Rural Enterprise Expansion Project (REEP) implemented by Oxfam Quebec aimed to improve rural livelihoods through support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in rural areas. The outcomes of the project were; 1) an improved environment to foster the development of MSME, including women owned enterprises, in poor rural communities in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa, and 2) the increased viability and number of MSME, including women-owned enterprises.

The Community Based Rural Infrastructure Project’s development objective was “to reduce rural poverty in [up to 600 of] the poorest rural communes in 13 provinces in Central Vietnam by: (1) increasing the capacity of these communes for decentralized and participatory planning and management of development activities; (2) providing essential small-scale, community based infrastructures in these communes; and (3) generating direct income for the poor through providing construction employment.” The objective of this assignment was to provide advisory and implementation support services for the strengthening of the project’s MIS, and ensure that the project develops both progress and completion reporting formats that fully capture the project’s results (outputs and intermediate outcomes) across all three aspects of the project’s development objective.