|The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and the central province of Thanh Hoa have been selected to pilot monthly State allowance payments through the postal service. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A German-funded project helped the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs improve the social welfare system, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said at a conference run by the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) yesterday in Ha Noi.
The 2.5 million euros (US$2.9 million) project aims to improve social welfare offerings for poor, elderly, and disabled individuals by assisting with social welfare-related information management systems as well as monthly State allowance payments sent through the postal service and capacity building. Part of the Viet Nam-Germany development co-operation framework under the German Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, the project began in March 2012 and will run through February.
The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and the central province of Thanh Hoa have been selected to pilot monthly State allowance payments through the postal service, a model that will then be replicated in other localities under the World Bank and UN Children's Fund's Social Assistance System Strengthening Project.
Delegates agreed that efforts from all stakeholders would be required to ensure access to social welfare services for all members of society. — VNS