HA NOI (VNS) — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Republic of Ireland, have engaged in a project to help Viet Nam enact sustainable poverty reduction during the 2012-16 period.
The project will support the implementation of the Vietnamese Government's Resolution 80/NQ-CP on the direction of sustainable poverty reduction (2011-20) and the National Target Programme on Sustainable Poverty Reduction (2011-15).
It targets eight pilot provinces comprising of Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Bac Kan in the north, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai in the central region, Kon Tum in the Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.
Through encouraging involvement of the poor and intensifying implementation of programmes and policies on poverty reduction, the project is expected to contribute to the endeavour in the poorest regions, as well as remote areas where large ethnic communities live.
Last year, over 50 per cent of ethnic minorities in Viet Nam were estimated to live below the poverty line, of which 31 percent face food shortages.
Poverty reduction rates in the fields of education, healthcare, clean water, hygiene and housing in ethnic minority areas have lagged behind the country's average.
Issued in 2011, the Government resolution aims to reduce the rate of poor households by 4 per cent per annum, with a focus on the most disadvantaged regions nationwide. — VNS