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: 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: Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Duration: 04/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is working with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Market Assessment and Analysis to identify needed employability skills and firms’ good practices so as to improve the…


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: 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…


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