Ethnic Minority

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.

Research on employability skills and skills gaps among adolescents and youth
Baseline Data Collection for Sustainable Pepper Project in Vietnam
Cao Lanh Bridge Impact Evaluation – Midline Survey
Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project Impact Evaluation – Endline Survey
Midterm Performance Evaluation Vietnam Sponsorship of Save the Children in Lao Cai
Baseline Assessment of Integrated Early Childhood Development Programme
Monitoring 2030 Agenda implementation in Vietnam
In-depth Reviews of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4
Project Beneficiary Assessment: The Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project
Impact Assessment of Programme 135 Infrastructure Projects Funded by Irish Aid (Fiscal year 2014-2015)
Rural household survey for “Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable farming systems in north-western Vietnam” project
Exploring barriers to accessing maternal and family planning services in ethnic minority communities in Vietnam
Quantitative socio-economic survey for Emission Reduction-Program (ER-P) provinces areas
Impact assessment of Irish Aid funded infrastructure project under Programme 135 II in 2011 & 2012, and development of a monitoring framework in 2013 – 2015
Analysis of the baseline survey data supporting the impact assessment of Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project
Evaluation of the long-term development cooperation between the UK and Vietnam
Assessment on the socio-economic impacts of hydro-power projects’ resettlement on ethnic minorities
Assessment on land use situation of ethnic minorities in VLAP project areas
A situation assessment in Vietnam of persisting poverty among its national ethnic minority groups 2007 – 2012
Resilient livelihoods: Increasing the ability of communities to prevent, mitigate and cope with extreme weather events