UN Development Program assists Vietnam in poverty reduction

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UN Development Program assists Vietnam in poverty reduction

UNDP resident representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen (L) shakes hands with To Duc, head of the National Office on Poverty Reduction, at a signing ceremony on February 28, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding on sustainable poverty reduction in Vietnam over the next few years.

Both sides also launched a joint project named ‘Program development and policy advising on multidimensional and sustainable poverty reduction, 2021 – 2023.’

The project will focus on improving the capacity of the poor and identifying the causes of poverty in order to thoroughly solve the problem.

It will prioritize poor districts and communes with special difficulties in coastal areas and islands, ethnic minority households, and children and women from impoverished households.

It is also centered on supporting the poor to settle the most critical issues such as sustainable livelihoods, vocational training, employment, and stable income.

Vietnam’s poverty rate has decreased to 2.23 percent in 2021 from 58.1 percent in 1993, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs Le Van Thanh said at the signing ceremony.

The Vietnamese Party, government, and people have paid great attention to sustainable poverty reduction and considered it a major task in national development, Thanh continued.

The Vietnamese government was correct in identifying the priorities for the poverty alleviation program, said UNDP resident representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen.

The country has also set a clear goal to reduce poverty rates by 1-1.5 percent per year and ethnic minority poverty rates by three percent per annum, Wiesen continued.

At the ceremony, To Duc, head of the National Office on Poverty Reduction under the labor ministry, announced that the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has committed assistance worth US$180,000 for the office in 2021-22.

More support is expected to be provided during the 2023-25 period, Duc added.

Australia is committed to supporting sustainable and inclusive growth in Vietnam through recommendations, research, and innovative solutions for sustainable poverty reduction, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie.

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