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Forum shares experience in ensuring social welfare for vulnerable groups


To share the domestic and international experience as well as the practical issue from the various aspects in assessment of social impact in Vietnam for recently, the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs held a forum in Hanoi on March 20th 2019. Mr. Ha Dinh Bon - Director General of Department of Legal Affairs and Mr. Jasper Abramoski – National Director (GIZ) co-chaired the Forum.

The project “Social goal in sustainable green growth in Vietnam” towards strengthen mainstreaming social issues in the process of building policies, strategies and the role of MOLISA, the Ministries in boosting this process. The Project contributes to the general effort of GIZ in support Vietnam’ Government meeting the target of sustainable green growth.

The event aimed to help carry out the social target project on sustainable green growth in Vietnam.

Addressing the forum, Mr. Ha Dinh Bon said that the social assessment is one of the activities in the process of building policies of ministries. This is an useful tool help analizing, forecasting the social impact (both positive and negative sides) for policies, strategy, thus giving the methods to decrease the negative impact or the suitable compensatory methods for the group affected by the negative impacts.

Participants said the Vietnamese Party and Government have issued several strategies and policies on green growth, sustainable development and reform of the growth model.

In recent years, social indexes have improved considerably, with falling rates of poor households and unemployment in urban areas and an increase in skilled workers and health insurance card holders.

However, the rate of poor households in several areas, especially in mountainous areas, remains high, up to nearly 70%.

Despite progress in multidimensional poverty reduction at the national level, big gaps are still seen in regions and residential groups.

The rate of those in need of social support remains high, accounting for 28% of the total population, including the elderly, poor children, the disabled, and poor and near-poor households.

Mr. Tran Van Loi, from the Ministry of Justice’s Department of common issues on legislation, said socio-economic and environment factors still lack links so a part of residential community, especially women and vulnerable groups, have yet to fully enjoy social welfare benefits.

GIZ Country Director Jasper Abramoski said the agency will continue assisting Vietnam in sustainable green growth in social inclusiveness, ecological balance, political participation and economic growth.

Delegates shared domestic and international experience in assessing social impacts in Vietnam over the years, thereby proposing measures to build specific action plans.