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: International Finance Corporation (IFC-WB) Duration: 05/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is collaborating with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to conduct quantitative data collection for a quasi-experimental baseline survey to better understand the conditions of farmers participating in IFC’s Vietnam Sustainable Pepper project in terms of Household income, income sources and income from pepper; Access to training and…


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 –…


Client: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Time: 06 – 10/2019 Overview: Since 2011, with funding support from the Government of Australia, the Government of South Korea and Asian Development Bank, the Government of Vietnam has implemented the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project (CMDP) to enhance transport mobility in the Mekong Delta Region and provide…


Client: The World Bank  Time: 08 – 12/2018 Overview: Over the period May 2007 through June 2016, the Government of Vietnam implemented an ambitious Mekong Delta Transport Infrastructure Development Project (MDTIDP) in an amount of US$396.3 million with funding support from the World Bank Group and the Government of Australia. The project was implemented across…


Client: Oxfam in Vietnam Time: 11/2018 – 02/2020 Overview: Vietnam has demonstrated that it is possible to achieve both a high growth rate and consistently reduce poverty levels. Nonetheless, a significant challenge for the future is still posed, given the current reduced growth rates and high budget deficits, which will limit public spending and the ability…


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