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. 

On 15 May 2001, the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) in Hanoi and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) initiated a three-year collaborative research project. The overall purpose was to strengthen the capacity of CIEM staff to provide sound economic policy advice based on high quality research. The project began with six output areas, with one more added subsequently:

• Macroeconomic data: collection of macroeconomic data and other statistics
• Vietnam’s economy: supporting the preparation and publishing of this annual CIEM report
• Exchange of scholars: study tours, exchange of scholars and Master-level training of CIEM staff abroad
• Short-term courses and policy seminars: on-the-job collaborative work and a series of policy seminars and training in applied research methods
• Research facilities: upgrading the research facilities of CIEM
• Three joint research projects
• Overall institutional support

The project “Strengthening the Capacity of the Office of Government (OOG)” was funded by a Danish bilateral grant of DKK 14,915,000 within the overall framework of supporting the economic reform process of Vietnam. The project implementation period was April 2002-October 2004.

The aim of the project was to increase understanding and receptiveness towards economic integration in Hai Duong and Tay Ninh provinces through capacity building in the Hai Duong and Tay Ninh Provincial Political Schools. Initially, the project was designed to deliver training-of-trainers to the core economics teaching staff in the two schools covering new teaching methodologies, curriculum design and how to conduct a training needs analysis. The main part of the project aimed to support the two provinces in developing a new course for local-level civil servants covering “globalisation and economic integration”. The course consisted of two separate modules: a common first module covering globalisation and economic integration in general; and separate second module covering issues relevant to each province.

The PACA Exercise in Yen My district is part of the project component on Local Economic Development (LED) in Hung Yen province funded by GTZ SME Promotion. The main objective of the program is to increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the private sector. Using the PACA approach, the LED component focuses on short-term LED initiatives that stimulate the mobilization of local resources in developing its economy. The PACA exercise in Hung Yen is considered a territorial one focusing on the district Yen My and its leading economic sectors and was conducted in Yen My district from 8th to 17th of June, 2005. Prior to that, a five-day training on PACA for government officials and representatives of enterprises in Hung Yen province and Yen My district took place from 23th to 27th of May, 2005.

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 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 can be used to measure the change in achievement levels from 2001 and is 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, while the survey of 2007 will build on and improve on the preceding 2001 benchmark study, it must allow for comparisons to be made in order to assess learning outcomes.

AusAID required the services of a consultant to prepare and facilitate the joint EU/LMDG Retreat of 2009.        

From 2003 to 2007, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) implemented a policy research-oriented regional technical assistance (RETA) entitled Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P1), which covered Vietnam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Cambodia. M4P1 was successful in raising awareness of the potentially positive role of market development in achieving poverty reduction as well as economic growth and was completed at the end of 2007. The knowledge generated was disseminated widely to the public and discussed with government agencies and other stakeholders. On December 2006, the Department for International Development (DFID) expressed an interest in co-financing Making Market Work Better for the Poor Phase 2 (M4P2).

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. 

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is organizing a Southeast AsiaRegional Forum on Sustainable Economic Growth (SEG Forum) that will bring together government officials, researchers, civil society organizations and bilateral and multilateral cooperation institutions from around the region.