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New project to support social assistance policy

Update: February, 20/2014 - 09:05

HA NOI (VNS)— A new project to promote reform of Viet Nam's social welfare system was launched in Ha Noi yesterday by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The project, titled "Support to the reform of Social Assistance Policy system," aims to enhance the reach of the system and provide effective assistance to vulnerable groups.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs confirmed the project was allocated a budget of US$2.3 million and would be implemented in the lead up to the end of 2016.

The project will support the development of a road-map of social assistance reform as well as the implementation of the reforms.

Nguyen Trong Dam, deputy minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said social welfare would be reformed to prioritise human rights in a more systematic and coherent manner.

He said the system would be based on a minimum living standard to address development issues using a multi-faceted approach to ensure coverage for citizens.

Bakhodir Burkhanov, deputy country director of UNDP, named several challenges in reforming the social welfare system, including the need to enhance the system's capacity to deliver timely and effective services to beneficiaries in a time of growing need and budget constraints.

He also mentioned the challenging task for Viet Nam to create a shared vision and road map for streamlining more than 40 different social assistance policies and schemes addressing 23 separate vulnerable groups. — VNS

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