HA NOI — Needy people in the north and central Viet Nam are to receive financial support from the Australian Government in the form of direct-aid projects this year, announced Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox on Wednesday.
Direct aid projects (DAPs) have been earmarked for Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Hai Duong, Ha Noi, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh. They will focus on increasing incomes among poor communities and providing vocational training and health care facilities for the needy - including women and children with HIV/AIDS.
DAP funding is in addition to Australia's significant contribution to bilateral aid in Viet Nam. This year's DAP funding reached VND2.75 billion (US$130,000), an increase of 9 per cent over the previous year.
Under DAPs, local farmers in Quang Binh Commune in central Thanh Hoa Province's Quang Xuong District will be able to access new technology to raise square-head anabas fish from southern Can Tho University.
DAPs provide grants for small-scale development projects aimed at alleviating humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities of Viet Nam.
A maximum grant of VND210 million ($10,000) is given to small projects, while large-scale programmes can attract grants of up to VND350 million ($16,600). — VNS