Vietnam is home to many different ethnic groups. These groups usually reside in remote and economically disadvantaged areas of the country, and face difficulties in social integration and economic growth. Consequently, poverty reduction among ethnic minorities is a key priority of the government and development partners. As of yet, however, there has been no comprehensive study of demographic and socioeconomic conditions for each ethnic minority group, which makes poverty reduction for these groups a difficult task.

To fill gaps in information, MDRI has conducted several high quality surveys to evaluate the impact of development policies at the national level and to assess socio-economic progress among ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. With our strong network of policymakers and development partners, we are committed to sharing our research findings to help influence policy. By applying a multidimensional approach to assessing ethnic minority groups, we embrace the cultural diversity and uniqueness within these communities.

One study undertaken by MDRI focused on the various cultural and livelihood practices of ethnic minority groups with the highest and lowest rates of poverty reduction in a five-year period, analyzing both the causes and the successes and failures of poverty and providing recommendations on policy adjustment. Read more about Assessment in Vietnam of Persisting Poverty Among its National Ethnic Minority Groups.

Another study aimed to capture the economic challenges of ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands and nearby regions, providing insight into the unique characteristics of different ethnic minority groups. Read more about Poverty Reduction in the Central Highlands: Ethnic Minority Labour-Related Issues.


Client: The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) & the World Bank (WB) Time: 09 – 12/2019 Overview: The Government of Vietnam, MPI and the WB have launched the Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (CHPRP) in 6 provinces (4 Central Highland provinces – Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and 2 Central Southern provinces –…

Save the Children

Client: Save the Children in Vietnam Time: 03/2019 – 09/2019 Overview: Save the Children (SC), through Vietnam Sponsorship Programme, is partipating in the building up of human capital in Vietnam. The programme aims at giving children the best chance for a lifetime of success by transforming the lives of children and ensures children have the…


Client: UNICEF Vietnam Time: 07/2018 – 12/2018 Overview: Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Programme belongs to the National Cooperation Programme between Vietnam and UNICEF during the year 2017 – 2021. IECD refers to a comprehensive care and development approach for children from 0-8 years of age. It enables families to access multiple services for their young…


Client: NIRAS-IP and German Development Cooperation, GIZ Vietnam Time: 05/2018 – 12/2018 Overview: The “2030 Agenda for sustainable development”, adopted on a UN summit in New York in September 2015, is the first international agreement taking all three dimensions of sustainable development into account: economic, ecologic as well as social factors. Vietnam has successfully established…


Client: German Development Cooperation, GIZ Office Time: 11/2017 – 01/2018 Overview: The project aims to support the preparation of the Voluntary National Review of the Government of Vietnam. The objectives of the project is to conduct in-depth reviews on the respective group of SDGs as stated above, with a focus on means of implementation, policy gaps, integration…

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