Vietnam is facing numerous challenges to poverty reduction, including economic slowdown, increasing inequality, and a lack of sustainability in poverty reduction. Households benefit differently from economic growth depending on their geographic and demographic characteristics, causing the speed of poverty reduction to vary across regions and ethnic groups. Factors such as an increase in vulnerability levels, stronger impacts from socio-economic shocks, and climate change all pose threats to sustainable poverty reduction. Poverty reduction among ethnic minority groups in particular is one of the key priorities of the Vietnamese Government and development partners.

Experts at MDRI have completed extensive research focused on poverty reduction, including a recent evaluation of development policies at the national level. Our contribution to data collection on Vietnamese ethnic minority groups in particular is among the most comprehensive available. Our research in this area stands out as we use a multidimensional approach to measure and evaluate the impact of support policies and programs, allowing us to obtain a comprehensive picture of the poverty situation in different locations. With our findings, we are able to recognize and embrace the cultural diversity and uniqueness that have fundamental implications for the socio-economic development of ethnic minority communities.

A significant project that MDRI completed for the World Bank involved generating an original database to analyze living standards, infrastructure, and livelihoods of project localities in households across six provinces. The database will provide a design for activities to reduce poverty and improve livelihood opportunities for poor households, and will serve as baseline data from which the impact of the project will be assessed. Read more about Analysis of the Baseline Survey Data Supporting the Impact Assessment of Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project.

We also developed a project for the Overseas Development Institute that investigates the association between poverty dynamics and involvement in the private sector, particularly the non-farming sector. Read more about Policy Guide on Private Sector Development and Chronic Poverty.


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…


No. of pages: 115 Publication date: 2017   This research study entitled “Exploring barriers to accessing maternal health and family planning services in ethnic minority communities in Viet Nam” was supported, and the scope of the study developed, by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam. The study…

Project Beneficiary Assessment: The Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project

OVERVIEW Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (GNTN) targets the 130 poorest communes in the 26 poorest districts in six provinces of the Central Highlands and South Central Coast of Vietnam (Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces). The project aims to improve the local living standards through assistance…


Time: 07/2016 – 12/2016 Client: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), University of Adelaide Project overview: The overall aim of the project is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of smallholder vegetable farmers in north western Vietnam through improved market engagement and integrated resource and disease management practices. The project will particularly focus on…

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