Citizens’ Opinions of and Experiences with Government Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam: Findings from a phone-based survey


Mekong Development Research Institute  research and UNDP Vietnam


December 2020


INTRODUCTION Viet Nam has been praised by citizens and the international community for its effectiveness in curbing the outbreak of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic (better known as the COVID-19 pandemic, or COVID-19). Since January 2020, the Government of Viet Nam (GoV) has been implementing important measures to contain COVID-19, with the most aggressive one being the […]

Report “Assessment on Employability Skills Gaps and Good Practices by Businesses to Upskill Marginalized and Vulnerable Young People”


INTRODUCTION Concerned with expanding education and building skills for future employment, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), UNICEF and the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) released today a report entitled “Assessment on Employability Skills Gaps and Good Practices by Businesses to Upskill Marginalized and Vulnerable Young People.” The research explores current and future […]

Female leadership and borrowing constraints: Evidence from an emerging economy

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 J16 J54 L25


 CEO gender, Credit access, Vietnam


This study investigates the differences in credit access between male-managed and female-managed firms using two Enterprise Censuses in Vietnam. Our findings reveal that women-managed firms are less likely to borrow from commercial banks than their male counterparts, even when controlling for other determinants such as CEO education and experience, firm size, and ownership. No difference […]

54 Ethnic groups: Why the difference? – 2018 edition


OVERVIEW Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) would like to present to you the second edition of the book  54 Ethnic Groups: Why the Difference? The book is the updated version of the previous book published in 2014 based on our knowledge and experience while working with donors, NGOs, and multiple ethnic groups in an effort to provide […]

Exploring barriers to accessing maternal health and family planning services in ethnic minority communities in Viet Nam

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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 was implemented and managed by the University of […]



Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) research team, Adam Smith International and The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


August 2017


Background The Cao Lanh Bridge is part of the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project (CMDCP) in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. The project is located on the boundaries of Dong Thap province and Can Tho city. The Cao Lanh Bridge is one of the two major bridges (Cao Lanh and Vam Cong) that […]

An analysis report on the household registration system in Vietnam


Mekong Development Research Institute research team, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the World Bank


June 2016


INTRODUCTION Research objective Upon collecting data from over 5000 households in Vietnam, the research team has compiled an analysis report on the Household Registration System (“Hộ khẩu”) in Vietnam. The report provides a detailed profile of migrants without permanent residence permits, comparing people with and those without a permanent residence permit in different areas from demography and […]

Recommendation for an Effective Financial Model – Program’s Cost Norms Study


 Mekong Development Research Institute research team and Nexia STT


December 2015


INTRODUCTION Research objective This is the synthesis report of the VTE financing programs/cost norm studies. The four particular objectives are: Evaluate the effectiveness of input-based and output-based budget fundingmodel, based on the development of vocational education and training schools oriented by demand. Allocate reasonably input resources to fund for VTE institutions Determine vocational education and […]