NAM DINH — The second phase of the Swiss-funded project Promoting Community Management Models will be implemented in the northern province of Nam Dinh during 2012-16, according to the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC).
The project aims to promote community involvement, especially by the poor and disadvantaged, when drawing up plans and reaching decisions by using community-based management models and holding training sessions on how to increase management capacity at the grass-roots level.
Under the first phase of the project, which ran from July 2008 to June 2011, 386 sub-projects were completed throughout the province, at a cost of about VND8 billion (US$384,000). It has assisted 25 wards and communes in the city of Nam Dinh to complete socio-economic development plans with input from local residents and the relevant agencies.
SDC and the province of Nam Dinh are reviewing the outcomes of the project's first phase and discussing plans for the second phase.
Nam Dinh will receive a total of US$5.5 million from SDC to continue the second phase, said La Thi Thuy, director of the Nam Dinh Community Friendship Centre, which managed the project's first phase.
In addition to Nam Dinh, the project will be rolled out in the northern province of Hoa Binh and in two districts in the central province of Quang Binh. — VNS