OVERVIEW The research team at the University of Toronto, together with Mekong Development Research Institute in Vietnam, will conduct a study to identify barriers to and social determinants of maternal health care and FP service utilization among ethnic minority women in various living conditions and multiple geographic areas in two regions selected by the Vietnam…

Do the poorest ethnic minorities benefit from a large-scale poverty reduction program? Evidence from Vietnam Nguyen Viet Cuong, Daniel Westbrook and Phung Duc Tung The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2015, vol. 56, issue C, pages 3-14 Abstract To increase the opportunities for poor ethnic minorities to benefit from economic growth the government of…

OVERVIEW Vietnam is participating in REDD+ preparation and has developed a National REDD+ Action Program (NRAP) as an important part of the National Strategy on Climate Change (approved by the Prime Minister in June 2012). The World Bank, through the Forest Carbon Partnership Fund (FCPF), is assisting Vietnam with financial and technical support focused on…

[/column_1] Report: Assessment on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Hydro-Power Resettlement Projects on Ethnic Minorities Authors: Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) consultants including Dr. Tran Van Thuat, Dr. Nguyen Viet Cuong, Dr. Bui Xuan Du, Dr. Phung Duc Tung and Do Thu Trang. Published:  2014[/column_1] INTRODUCTION Along with increasing number of hydropower projects and the Government guidelines about…

[/column_1] Summary Report: Ethnic Minority Poverty 2007 – 2012 Authors: Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) consultants including Dr. Phung Duc Tung, Dr. Nguyen Viet Cuong, Dr. James Taylor, Msc. Ha Viet Quan, Associate Prof. Le Ngoc Thang, Dr. Dao Huy Khue, Nguyen Cong Thao, and Phung Thi Thanh Thu. Published: May 2014[/column_1] INTRODUCTION Vietnam has achieved remarkable…

OVERVIEW This study examines the participation and voice of affected ethnic households in the process of land acquisition and resettlement of hydro-power projects, with a particular focus on their living situations in resettlement sites. The study involves both in-depth qualitative and rigorous quantitative analysis to gain insight into the current situation of affected households in three regions…

[/column_1] Report: Resilient Livelihoods – Increasing the Ability of Communities to Prevent, Mitigate, and Cope with Extreme Weather Events Authors: Mekong Development Research Institute  research team including Dr. Tran Dai Nghia (Team Leader), Dr. Phung Duc Tung, Dr. Nguyen Viet Cuong, Do Thu Trang, Do Xuan Hanh and Nguyen Ba Minh Approved: December 2013[/column_1] INTRODUCTION Scope of study Subcomponent…

OVERVIEW This project aimed to analyse the causes of poverty as well as the failures/successes of poverty reduction among the different ethnic minority (EM) groups in Vietnam. Our research focused on the various cultural and livelihood practices in the EM groups that had the highest and lowest rates of poverty reduction in the period of 2007-2012. Based on…

OVERVIEW This project supported the NMPRPII (the World Bank-funded Second Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction Projects) in 2,366 villages, 230 communes, and 27 districts located in six provinces. The six provinces are Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La, Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, and Lai Chau. The project aimed to reduce the vulnerability of the participating provinces…

OVERVIEW Program 135 is the largest “Poverty reduction and socio-economic development program” in place for the poorest communes in Vietnam. The second phase of this program took place in the period 2006 – 2010 with four major components: infrastructure development, agriculture production support, socio-cultural livelihood promotion, and capacity building. While a baseline survey had been implemented…

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