The main objective of this project was to provide an understanding of the key factors that drive inequality in Vietnam and the existing policy responses to mitigate these factors as well as put forth recommendations for equitable development. The study also served as an analytical reference for the Government of Vietnam’s five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan.

A preparation for the EU Action Plan to help reduce poverty in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.         

The Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (CPRGS) of the Government of Vietnam was approved by the Prime Minister in May 2002. The document concretized policy measures of the 10-year Socio-economic Development Strategy and 5-year Socio-economic Development Plan and provided a set of priority policy measures and public actions which the government undertook to pursue for improved poverty and social outcomes over the coming years. 

The project included planning the design for, and evaluating the impact of, a proposed $42 million loan to lay a 220KV line from Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Along the transmission line route, parts of Takeo province were to be connected to electricity. The project also prioritized urban towns around Cambodia for upgrading of electricity generation and distribution systems.

The purpose of the final external evaluation was to provide the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) and Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) with an in-depth analysis of the “Employment Plan for People with Disabilities and other Vulnerable Groups in Vietnam, in the Provinces of the North Highlands, through Training, Equipment Supply and Technical Assistance”. The analysis would yield information and feedback on project results, leading to recommendations for improvements of the design and planning of future phases. The project, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and implemented by the SRC in local partnership with the VNRC, aimed to provide 800 beneficiaries (BNF) (people with physical disabilities (PWD), ethnic minorities and poor women) in three provinces (Hoa Binh, Quang Ninh and Lam Dong) with vocational training to improve their professional capacity, accessibility to employment and level of social integration.