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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Training resources on social work for frontline workers

Date added: 08/29/2017
Downloads: 188
Training resources on social work for frontline workers

Social work was officially classified as a profession in Viet Nam in 2010 by Government's Decision 32/2010/TTg on Development of Social Work Profession. Since then, great efforts have been made in social work education, especially for frontline workers working in different settings such as in communities, schools, social protection centres, hospitals, who are at the forefront of activities targeting vulnerable children.

Up to 2016, more than 10,000 frontline workers and social collaborators have received short-term social work training to improve their skills in social service delivery for vulnerable people and children. The country aims to have 25,000 frontline workers and social collaborators trained in social work by 2020 as indicated in Government's Decision 32/2010/TTg on Development of Social Work Profession.

UNICEF has been supporting the Government in the development of the social work profession, in particularly in social work education. Based on the training needs assessment conducted in 2011, 20 training modules have been developed to address the training needs of frontline workers and social collaborators who provide support and protect vulnerable population, such as children, people with disabilities, the elderly, the poor, ethnic minorities, and community people in emergency settings. In addition to the training modules, two trainings of trainers were held for more than 100 trainers from local universities, colleges and vocational schools, who would deliver training for frontline workers and social collaborators. The training modules have been revised and finalized based on the feedback from the trainings in the past five years.

The training modules are being made available to be used by line ministries, universities and colleges. Soft copies are being sent to provincial Departments of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, universities, colleagues and organizations working on social work. It is hoped that the 20 training modules serve as useful sources for social work training and practice in the country.

[Please note the training modules are only in Vietnamese language]

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UN Women Publications

Social Protection for Women and Girls in Viet Nam

Date added: 07/05/2017
Downloads: 444
Social Protection for Women and Girls in Viet Nam

 

The study report “Social Protection for Women and Girls in Viet Nam” identifies gender specific concerns and challenges in the current social protection system, to assess the implementation of social protection for women and girls up to 2012 in accordance with Resolution 152 on certain social policies, to forecast social protection indicators for women and girls for the period from 2014-2020, and to propose recommendations to enhance women and girls’ participation in and enjoyment of Viet Nam’s social protection system.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Child rights-based social audit of Dien Bien Province's Socio-economic Development Plan

Date added: 01/13/2015
Downloads: 5171
Child rights-based social audit of Dien Bien Province's Socio-economic Development Plan

Since 2010s, UNICEF and Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) together with partners in a number of provinces have piloted social audit tools of Citizen Report Cards (CRC) in Ho Chi Minh City and Dien Bien Province; Community Score Cards (CSC) and Gender Audit in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ngai Province; and Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) in Tra Vinh Province, Ho Chi Minh City and Dien Bien Province.

After the pilot phase, in 2012, UNICEF and MPI have completed and introduced to public the Toolkit for Social Audit with five tools: Citizen Report Cards (CRC), Community Score Cards (CSC), Gender Audit, Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) and Child-right based Social Audit (CRSA).

In general, social audit method has been gradually received as a management mechanism, which facilitates the development and application of methods, tools and techniques to enable the responsible agencies’ review for enhancement of social performance of an organisation, of a plan or a policy. The social audit tools are highly practical, in line with good governance principles and helpful for revealing the normative “good” by standards. More importantly, those tools assist the collection of essential information and implications for strengthening the effectiveness of decision-making process, resource allocation and service delivery in general. This role becomes significant in the context of on-going planning reform in both national and provincial levels for more focus at social impacts of social and economic development plans (SEDP)

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Social and Economic Development Policies - Joint UN Publications

Income security for older persons in Viet Nam: Social pensions policy brief

Date added: 09/18/2014
Downloads: 5485
Income security for older persons in Viet Nam: Social pensions policy brief

Viet Nam's record on economic growth and poverty reduction over the last two decades has been remarkable. However, between 2010 and 2012, income increased for most age groups except for those between 65 and 80 years. This policy brief, a new publication between the UNFPA and ILO in Viet Nam, provides data on social pensions for older persons Viet Nam in recent years. It also provides recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam to improve the outcomes of social protection policies for old age.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Sex Work and Mobility from A Gender Perspective: Findings from Three Cities in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/01/2012
Downloads: 5164
Sex Work and Mobility from A Gender Perspective: Findings from Three Cities in Viet Nam

 

This research aims to fill this current gap in knowledge about gender differences concerning the mobility of sex workers by: generating a better understanding of the role played by gender in the decision of sex workers to migrate, and the ways migration and gender affect entry into sex work; examining the reasons for, patterns of and vulnerabilities resulting from the mobility of sex workers (both mobile migrant sex workers and mobile non-migrant sex workers) with a gender perspective; and informing the design of policies and support programmes with specific recommendations.

This research was commissioned by the Department of Social Evils Prevention (DSEP), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) with technical assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the framework of the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) and the United Nations–Government of Viet Nam Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE).

Assessment Report on reintegration support models for victims of trafficking in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/01/2012
Downloads: 4531
Assessment Report on reintegration support models for victims of trafficking in Viet Nam

The Government of Viet Nam has completed the first phase National Plan of Action (NPA) on Counter-trafficking for the period 2006 – 2010 and has developed the next NPA for the period 2011 – 2015. The "Assessment Report on Reintegration Support Models for Victims of Trafficking in Viet Nam" intends to inform the Vietnamese Government's protection efforts under the NPA by assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the existing models of return, recovery and reintegration projects undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in partnership with IOM. The knowledge and recommendations from the evaluation will be used not only to refine the existing programme but also to set a strategic direction for future technical support and advocacy to provincial and central authorities, including new projects in the field of victim protection.

This report is published by IOM Vietnam in partnership with the Department of Social Evils Prevention (DSEP) of MOLISA under an IOM/MOLISA project funded by the IOM Development Fund. The report, together with the recorded achievements, challenges and lessons learned, will provide a basis for capacity – building and advocacy. Information on effective practices and practical recommendations will serve as important inputs to the developments of relevant policies and design of programmes for supporting victims of trafficking.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Socio-economic development plan social audit toolkit

Date added: 03/29/2013
Downloads: 9793
Socio-economic development plan social audit toolkit

This Toolkit was produced over almost a three year period (2010-2012) under the Project on Capacity Building for Social Audits of the Socio-economic Development Plans between UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Viet Nam. The process of developing this Toolkit benefited from direct and indirect support
from many individuals.

UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment would like to thank the various consultants and staff of the Oversees Development Institute (ODI) for developing this Toolkit. In addition, this Toolkit also went through extensive consultation and review from a wide range of technical staff and advisors from UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Specifically, special thanks are due to the following individuals for their contributions and inputs to the development of this Toolkit: Overseas Development Institute: Helen Banos-Smith, Bernard Gauthier, Katie Heller, Louise Mailloux, Sue Newport, Lance Roberson, Gopakumar Thampi, Carol Watson, Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones, Paola Pereznieto, Evie Browne, Sylvia Nwamaraihe, Thomas Trafalgar Aston.

Ministry of Planning and Investment: Nguyen Quang Thang, Nguyen Tuong Son, Ho Minh Chien, Le Quang Hung and Dang Van Nghi. UNICEF: Paul Quarles Van Ufford, Samman J. Thapa, Vu Manh Hong, Ewout Erik Stoefs, Pham Thi Lan, Nguyen Thi Thanh An, Nguyen Ngoc Trieu.

Click to download each sub-manual bellow:

  1. Child Rights-Based Social Audit Manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Social and Economic Development Plan
  2. Citizen report card manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  3. Community scorecard manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  4. Gender audit manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  5. Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Social and Economic Development Plan

Making Social Audit work for Viet Nam: Key Findings and Lessons Learned from a Pilot of Four Social

Date added: 11/22/2011
Downloads: 12679
Making Social Audit work for Viet Nam: Key Findings and Lessons Learned from a Pilot of Four Social

A pilot involving four social audit tools was implemented in Viet Nam in 2010. Led by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and supported by UNICEF, it aimed at building capacity for the social audit of the Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) to enhance the its social performance, as expressed in its ability to deliver continued improvement in the living standards of Viet Nam’s population in general and of vulnerable groups in particular. This focus was on achieving this through improved Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of social dimensions of the 2006-2010 SEDP, particularly focusing on poverty reduction, health services for children under six years old, and gender.

The Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), under the authority of MPI, implemented the pilots with technical support of the UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI). CIEM also conducted a capacity assessment of government staff in using participatory methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation. Based on this and the lessons learned from the social audit pilots, a capacity development strategy has been developed. ODI has also developed a SEDP Social Audit Toolkit with detailed information on the four tools, based on the experience gained from piloting the tools in the Vietnamese context.

This report should be of interest to national and sub-national government officials in Viet Nam who are in charge of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public policies, programs and services. It should also be of interest to UNICEF and other multilateral and donor agencies that assist the government of Viet Nam in meeting its development objectives, and interested in methods/tools that allow for greater participation of citizens in assessing public policies and programs.

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

State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Protection in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/02/2011
Downloads: 13857
State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Protection in Viet Nam

Domestic violence

  • Domestic violence can take the form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, either by being a direct target of the violence or by witnessing it.
    • Of children and adolescents who run away from home, most are escaping from domestic violence.
  • An estimated 22% of ever-married young women aged 18-24in Viet Nam have been beaten by their husbands in their life. 12% have been beaten in the last 12 months.
  • Almost one in four women with children less than 15 years old report that their children have been abused physically by their husbands.
  • More than half of the women who experienced physical violence by husbands also report that their children witnessed the violence at least once.
Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam

Date added: 11/02/2009
Downloads: 9082
Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam
An assessment of child protection laws and policies, especially children in special circumstances in Viet Nam

Protection, care and education of children are one of the best traditional practices of Vietnam. That tradition has been protected, respected and promoted. The attention and care of children are more evident since Vietnam has signed the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990; which is a strong commitment of the Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam regarding of protection, care and education of children, ensuring all children are subject to equal treatment and best conditions for full potential development and a safe and healthy living environment so that all children are entitled to basic rights and fulfil their obligations.

Vietnam has been developing and improving its legislation in general as well as child care and protection legislation and policy. Vietnam’s legislation has reflected international standards and harmonious adoption of them in Vietnam’s specific context. This is the legal framework to ensure the exercise of child rights. However, in accompanied with rapidly increasing and diversified social relationships in child protection, the legal regulations in child protection need continuously review assessment and revision to accommodate Vietnam context as well as international legislations.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Study on the Competitiveness and Impacts of Liberalization in Financial Services

Date added: 08/15/2006
Downloads: 16004
Study on the Competitiveness and Impacts of Liberalization in Financial Services

This is one of a series of studies on Competitiveness and the Impact of Trade in Services Liberalization in Viet Nam, conducted in the framework of the project “Capacity Strengthening to Manage and Promote Trade in Services in Viet Nam in the Context of Integration” (or “Trade in Services” Project - VIE/02/009), which is currently being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by the Department of Trade and Services of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).  

This study presents an overview of the insurance sector in Viet Nam. It provides an analysis of the competitiveness of Viet Nam’s insurance services in the context of recent global sector integration developments; and the possible impact of further liberalization of insurance services from two different angles: impact on the sector itself, and on the economy, including social impacts. The report also presents a set of recommendations, including recommendations for improving the legal and policy framework; developing a strategy for the sector; and improving governance and insurance operations.

Social services for human development

Date added: 01/20/2012
Downloads: 14154
Social services for human development

Viet Nam Human Development Report 2011

This national Human Development Report provides an evidence-based analysis of Viet Nam's human development progress at the sub-national level, focusing specifically on issues around health and education. It looks at the challenges many Vietnamese face in accessing basic social services. The report shows how rising economic inequality is accompanied by persistent disparities in key education and health indicators. It concludes that if Viet Nam is to continue moving to higher levels of human development, ensuring universal, equitable access to health and education is essential.

How Progressive is Social Security in Viet Nam?

Date added: 10/02/2007
Downloads: 16174
How Progressive is Social Security in Viet Nam?

This report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ha Noi follows up on their Policy Dialogue  Paper  entitled  'Beyond  HEPR: A  Framework  for  an  Integrated  National  System of Social Security in Viet  Nam' published last  year, which  put  forward general principles  for  comprehensive  social security programmes in Viet Nam. This report is more empirical and uses recent household survey data from the Viet Nam Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS) to examine who currently benefits from social security programmes and  their  overall  impact on  incomes  and  poverty. This  report  is  the  first  of  two complimentary  reports,  and  looks  at  the  whole population and  the entire  social security  system. Its  sister report, 'Old Age in Viet Nam', looks more specifically at the elderly population.

Viet Nam is experiencing rapid economic growth with GDP increasing from 4.8 percent in 1999 to 7.7 percent in 2004 Accompanying this growth have been large and impressive reductions in poverty rates: from 59 percent in 1993, to 29 percent 2002.and to around 20 percent in 2004.

This  introductory  chapter  looks  at  the  current  system  of  "social  security"  in  Viet  Nam and  focuses  on provisions that were in place in 2004, the year of the VHLSS survey data that is later described in Chapter 1 and used for analysis throughout later chapters. Chapter 2 then assesses two fundamental questions:  First, "How  important  is  social  security  for  household  welfare  across  regions,  quintiles,  and  the  urban-rural continuum?",  and  second,  "What  are  the  redistributive  consequences  of  social  security?" Chapter  3  then examines social security in relation to poverty and examines whether and to what extent Viet Nam's social security programmes contribute to poverty reduction across regions, quintiles, and the urban-rural continuum. Chapter 4 moves away from descriptive profiling of social security and makes some preliminary and tentative analytical examinations of the behavioural consequences of social security.  Last, Chapter 5 draws together the findings of our research into a summary and conclusions.

Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

Date added: 12/20/2011
Downloads: 10644
Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

The 2008 Law on Health Insurance targets comprehensive health insurance coverage by 2014. In 2009, health insurance was expanded to 58.4% of the population, demonstrating the efforts of the Government to expand the provision of health care. However, extending the coverage of health insurance to the remaining 41.6% of the population, or 35.7 million people, is a challenging task. First of all, even those individuals whose participation is subsidized appear reluctant to join the scheme. Secondly, those who are not insured predominantly work in the informal sector and are hard to track. Understanding and eliminating the obstacles that explain the unwillingness to participate in health insurance should therefore be part of any strategy to improve health insurance coverage. Understanding these obstacles is at the heart of this brief, and the study which underpins it, which focuses on workers in the informal sector and their family members.

Click here to download the policy brief

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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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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