For the purpose of harmonization in reporting and monitoring, the consultants worked with PMUs, the LMDG, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and other GOVN related agencies to produce a sample Progress Report, which was the first harmonizing step in an attempt to recommend possible solutions towards achieving a ‘unified format for monitoring and reporting grant TA projects’ of the report that the PMU sends to MPI and the LMDG (CIDA, DFID, SIDA, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, GTZ, DANIDA, AusAID and Switzerland

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Vietnam implemented a project to improve the quality of the primary teacher training system. The ultimate aim was to provide all children with access to skilled, knowledgeable and committed teachers able to bring new approaches to teaching and learning consistent with emphases in the new curriculum in its two stages. The 2007 survey of Student Achievements in Mathematics and Vietnamese Reading was a national, longitudinal study of student achievements (2001-2007-2011). The 2007 survey is useful in measuring the change in achievement levels from 2001 and is also important in terms of determining the extent to which the new primary curriculum has been adequately covered by Grade 5 students who are the first cohort to have completed the new curriculum. Thus although the survey of 2007 built on and improve on the preceding 2001 benchmark study, it must allow for comparisons to be made in order to assess learning outcomes.

The Council of Co-operatives and Non State Enterprises (CCNSE) of Ninh Binh province and SNV cooperated in executing the Entrepreneurial Support Services (ESS) Project as part of the Income & Employment Generation (IEG) programme of SNV Vietnam. The IEG programme responds to the pressing need to absorb the fast growing labour surplus in rural areas. Specifically, there are areas where agriculture does not generate sufficient income and only part-time employment. Employment in state-owned enterprises has been declining and rural enterprises are still underdeveloped.

Following the successful completion of the pilot testing of P.A.C.E. program in Gap outsourced manufacturing garment factories in India and Cambodia, the program was rolled out in other countries including Vietnam, Bangladesh and China. As part of the P.A.C.E. program roll-out in one of Gap Inc.’s partner factories in Vietnam, ICRW wanted to undertake a baseline survey in selected garment factory in Vietnam. The objective of this study was to collect baseline information for the P.A.C.E. participants, female garment workers (FGWs), that undergo P.A.C.E. training, and then compare the information with end-line results to evaluate the effect of training on women’s livelihoods. The present scope of work is only limited to conducting the baseline survey. ICRW would like to conduct quantitative research/a survey of selected participants in the unit of Vina Korea in Khai Quang Industrial Zone, Vinh Yen City, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. The survey was conducted in the month of May 2011. ICRW facilitated the discussions and processes for conducting the baseline survey with the factory partners.

The Law on Personal Income Tax was passed by the National Assembly by the end of 2007 and came into effect from 2009. DANIDA provided a budget to support the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam to develop their skills in quantitative impact analysis based on actual data and econometric models.

The project titled: “Policy Research Capacity Strengthening to Implement Vietnam’s 2001-2010 Socio-economic Strategy”, launched in 2002, was supported by Sida through the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi. The specific objectives were to: increase quality and quantity of policy reports and recommendations made by research institutions to the Prime Minister; strengthen policy research capacity to push up economic reform, international economic integration and regional cooperation of Vietnam; assist human resource development in economic policy research and policy making; and increase the quality of policy research to fulfil the ad-hoc mission assigned by the Government and PM.

Mekong Economics designed and developed materials and conducted the “Executive Seminar Series” consisting of eight 3-hour seminars.      

The Vietnam-Australia Training Project was a bilateral aid project funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) providing short-term training activities in Vietnam. The goal of the VAT Project was to support the Government of Vietnam’s Human Resource Development objectives through the provision of appropriate English language and technical skills to Government employees and applicants to Australian Development Scholarships (ADS).

The proposed Training Needs Analysis (TNA) was for a training program by the VAT Project in the area of international economic and trade issues, based on the experience in implementing previous related courses in international commercial law, the AusAID Country Strategy for Vietnam and the training priorities of the GOV.

The project’s aim was to benefit people living in rural area by improving the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation and community health. Rural communities’ access to clean water was improved as a result of project implementation. The project was designed to be carried out in two phases, supporting Vietnam’s National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy up to 2020 (RWSS 2020). Each phase overlapped by approximately two years and lasted about five years. The first phase of the project began in 2006. 

The World Bank and DFID have been involved in the provision of rural transport in Vietnam through the Rural Transport 2 (RT2) programme. RT2 has provided investment funds and technical assistance to support rural transport infrastructure, policy and private sector development in the MoT and provinces. As part of this work RT2 supported the development of new strategies and policies within the MoT. This study informed this programme and the design of the third rural transport project (RT3).