Governance is one of the most critical elements in the sustainable development of nations. In developing countries, fair governance ensures social inclusiveness throughout the course of development. This means that development projects and investments must be beneficial to the most impoverished and vulnerable communities; businesses are able to operate in a democratic environment under a fair and transparent regulatory framework; poor people have access to land, natural resources, and sustainable livelihoods; and government capacity is compatible with the pace of economic development in the country. Vietnam has focused on improving the effectiveness of its governance in recent years as the country has reached middle-income status, and needs to enhance governmental and institutional capabilities for its next period of development.

MDRI is involved with a number of research projects related to governance with the aim of supporting government policies and strategies in this area. Our research is instrumental in providing evidence-based policy advice for the government of Vietnam to plan the social-economic development strategy in the post-Millennium Development Goal period. Our strong relationships with the Vietnamese government at both the national and local level allow us to influence positive policy changes in areas such as educational reform, ethnic minority issues, and renovation of the household registration system.

One of our key projects related to governance is the design and implementation of a spot-check mechanism for the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI), a tool that tracks policy implementation and public service delivery over time.


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…


OVERVIEW The project is an experiment to assess the impact of providing information for the Vietnam National Assembly delegates to test whether better information lead to more responsive in the VNA meetings. To test this, the project will survey opinions of citizens and businesses in all 63 provinces of Vietnam. Information collected from this survey…

OVERVIEW Between 2011 and 2016, Irish Aid provided €30.5 million through Programme 135 to support 400 small-scale community infrastructure projects (such as rural road connections, commune centres, school rooms, clinics, etc.) in nine provinces: Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Thanh Hoa, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum and Tra Vinh. The purpose…

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