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Community oversight of anti-poverty work discussed

Update: December, 20/2014 - 10:09
The workshop was conducted as part of the efforts to eradicate corruption.— Photo saw.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS)— A workshop was held yesterday in Ha Noi to discuss ways to complete the legal framework to enhance the community's monitoring of poverty reduction and hunger eradication projects.

Participants recommended relevant bodies to seek ways to raise the community's awareness about the benefits of the projects, as well as the significance of their role in monitoring the implementation process. The workshop was conducted as part of the efforts to eradicate corruption.

The recommendations were made based on the survey results on the issue, which was conducted by the Government Inspectorate and the Irish Embassy in Viet Nam in four localities representing the northern mountains, central and Mekong Delta regions. There were 864 questionnaires distributed for the survey.

The survey results revealed that 80.1 per cent of the interviewees would report corrupt activities they discover to relevant bodies, while the remainder chose to keep silent. This indicates that many wrongdoings are not reported and dealt with properly.

In addition, 74.7 per cent of those surveyed said that the community's supervision helped detect wrongdoings in the implementation of poverty reduction and hunger eradication projects. The most common misconduct identified by survey participants was the implementation of ineffective and wasteful projects.

The survey also indicated that 28.9 per cent of the complaints and petitions were accurate, while 71.1 per cent were partially correct. This reflected the proper performance of the community supervision bodies in collecting public opinions and reporting these to authorised agencies for investigation.

Also, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front chapter at the communal level was cited as the community supervision body by 69.7 per cent of the survey respondents, while 61.3 per cent said supervision was handled by the communal inspection body set up under the national programme for poverty reduction composed of 135 people-elected representatives. — VNS


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