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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Between Trust and Structure: Citizen Participation and Local Elections in Viet Nam

Date added: 12/08/2015
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Between Trust and Structure: Citizen Participation and Local Elections in Viet Nam

As human and economic development in Viet Nam has increased over the nearly three decades of Đổi mới (‘Renewal’), people’s expectations of governance are also changing. Viet Nam’s Constitution and political structure offer opportunities for citizens to participate in governance both directly (through in-person engagement at the local level) and indirectly (through voting for People’s Council and National Assembly delegates). These forms of participation can be summarised in the two familiar slogans of ‘People know, people discuss, people do, and people monitor’, and ‘Government of the people, by the people, and for the people’. Yet the implementation of legal rights to participation often lags behind the letter of the law. How can citizens be more actively involved in public decision making?

This research report is the result of collaboration between the international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to examine and analyse citizen participation in policy-making processes and political life. It forms part of a series of UNDP-commissioned studies on Viet Nam’s governance and public administration performance conceived on the basis of the wealth of data and information provided by the Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI). The report employs an innovative combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis to compare citizen participation at the national level with in-depth conditions in local communities.

More: Click here to download the Vietnamese version and executive summary

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/MDGs - Joint UN Publications

A Million Voices: The World We Want

Date added: 09/11/2013
Downloads: 7706
A Million Voices: The World We Want

The UN in Viet Nam has been conducting consultations to reach out to the most vulnerable groups: over 1,300 people were consulted on their vision for the future after 2015. The report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”, covering interesting voices from Viet Nam, together with the voices of more than 1 million people worldwide is the culmination of the consultation process.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Youth - Joint UN Publications

State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Participation

Date added: 03/01/2011
Downloads: 11890
State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Participation
  • Today’s young people are more formally educated, more empowered, more globally integratedand more consumer-minded than previous generations. Yet they also have a need for constructive outlets for self-expressionand participation and engagement in political, social and economic life.
  • The 2006 Family Survey indicates that although the traditional norm of respect for elders is still present in Viet Nam, families are becoming more democratic, with more dialogue between young people and their parents. This may indicate that parents are becoming more willing and capable of listening to young people. It may also be caused by the smaller size of families, within which there is a potentially greater role for each member of the family, especially in urban areas. Nonetheless, the Family Survey indicates that some children would not “dare to say directly” if they thought their parents were unfair.
Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Getting to work

Date added: 03/22/2010
Downloads: 4938
Getting to work

Ian Coxhead, Diep Phan, Dinh Vu Trang Ngan and Kim N. B. Ninh

This paper addresses issues related to the mobilization and use of labour in Vietnam and its relation to urbanization processes occurring in the country. Researched and written in tandem with a companion paper entitled ‘A robust harvest: strategic choices for agricultural and rural development in Viet Nam’ by Ian Coxhead, Kim N.B. Ninh, Vu Thi Thao and Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa, this paper compares Vietnam’s experiences with those of its regional neighbors and evaluates current and potential future policy settings to identify successful strategies and propose means by which the country’s existing wealth can be deployed to the greatest benefit of current and future generations.



Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.


The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls


25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary


Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.

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