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BTAP Coalition’s workshop on activity planning

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From 30 to 31 July 2015, the BTAP (Budget Transparency Accountability Participation) Coalition’s workshop on activitiy planning, an activity of the project "Promoting transparency and the participation of citizens in state budget management" funded by EC took place in Hanoi. The workshop aimed at planning the activities of the Coalition in 2015-2016 with participants including representatives of the coalition’s member organizations: Oxfam, CDI, ACDC, CEPEW; representatives of the People’s Committee and Women's Union of Quang Tri province; and representatives of the People’s Committee and Farmers’ Association of Hoa Binh province.

In the first meeting, the Coalition’s members have discussed and made operational initiatives for the Union in 2015-2016. The members presented 10 activity initiatives for the Coalition in the years after the first meeting, among which 5 initiatives are evaluated with the highest priority points are:

 widespread practice of budget publicity and transparency process (provincial OBI)

 clear budgeting process and relevant criteria. Budget allocations having the participation of the people

 Apply information technology to information access and budget monitoring

 Develop and publish a citizen budget

 Supervise the work efficiency of projects after investment

 

During the 2nd day of work, the Coalition launched a detailed implementation plan for the five priority action initiatives in 2015-2016. In particular, activities related to the budget allocation process, citizen budget and efficient budget monitoring after investment were planned to be implemented in Hoa Binh and Quang Tri. The activities related to provincial OBI (Open Budget Index) and information technology for the Coalition were also planned in details by member organizations. Finally, members of the Coalition together unified a coordination mechanism in the Coalition to achieve the highest efficiency in order to strengthen the Coaliation as well as expanding the it in the future.

 

Vietnam: Making budget more open and Government more accountable through law making

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In 2013, five civil society organizations (CSOs) in Vietnam namely ACDC, Center for Development and Integration (CDI), CECEM, CEPEW formed Budget Transparency and Participation (BTAP) coalition. During 2014-2015, the coalition proposed recommendations for amendment of the State Budget Law to improve transparency, accountability and participatory in state budget management through various advocacy efforts.

On 25 June 2015, the National Assembly of Vietnam has approved the amended State Budget Law with some major amendments on mechanism that make budget open and enhance citizens’ participation in budget process.  Provisions in the law states more clearly in article 15 that requires (1) budget documents to be published including executive budget proposal (both at national budget and local budget and It is indicated this document should include both the data and narratives contents); (2) in year report and 6 month report to be publish no later than 15 days of the following period (3) state audit’s report and corrective measures and results of corrective measures (no later than 30 days after its issuance). Article 15 also provides channel to publish budget documents including announcing at regular sessions/meetings; posting in office of relevant agencies; issuing publications; sending official notice to relevant organizations and individuals; publicizing on web pages; informing about through the mass media. Article 16 provides that people have right to monitor budget issues including performance of budget execution and openness of budget (article 16). Article 16 of the amended budget law also provides for mechanism of feedback from community.

 

While all these details, basing on recommendations of the five CSOs, are newly included in the law, they are creating an essential foundation for further steps to enhance the transparency, accountability and participatory approach in fiscal issues. Future plans of Vietnam BTAP network will include exercising right to access information of people on state budget issues such as feedback and comments using citizen budget documents and enhance people’s participation in budget monitoring including of public investment. Some further pilot of citizen budget will be implemented at local government and social accountability will be practice in wider scope in terms of monitoring budget spending at local level.

 

In September 2015, the Global Index on Open Budget Index will be luanched and this will be important benchmark index for Vietnam to compare with other good practice to enhance open budget in practice. Further support to BTAP coalition and CDI will be continued by International Budget Partnership.

 

Related video: "The revised State Budget Law (June 2015): Making budget more open and Government more accountable"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0EPGz1qBWY


 

CDI receiving award and grant from Korean Government

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On 15 July 2015, CDI is honored to receive the award and grant from Korean Government (through KOICA and Work Together Foundation) under the Global Social Enterprise Accelerating Project (GSAP) under the Public-Private Partnership and Inclusive Business programme of KOICA.

CDI and Greenfairtrade will jointly support Cau Dat coffee cooperative to produce high quality coffee with sustainable production, processing, branding and marketing of Cau Dat coffee and coffee tourism. The project aims to increase values of Vietnamese Coffee and about 20% of household income of small coffee producers in Cau Dat, Xuan Truong, Lam Dong. The project is one year pilot with possible scale up if successful piloted for the first one year.

 

Workshop "Sharing experiences of sustainable coffee production and market development between Vietnam and Laos"

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In the framework of cooperation program between the Centre for Development and Integration (CDI) and Fair Trade organization in Laos, on 10 and 11 July 2015, representatives of Fairtrade Laos cooperative coffee production Bolaven Plateau (CPC) paid a working trip and visit to the sustainable coffee production model in cooperative scale in Vietnam.

The delegation and CDI’s Managing Director visited the two models of coffee production cooperative in the Central Highland: Thuan An Agricultural Fairtrade Cooperative in Thuan An commune, Dak Mil district, Dak Nong province and EaKiet Agricultural & Service Fairtrade Cooperative in EaKiet commune, Cu M'ga district, Dak Lak province. At the meetings, the Vietnamese cooperatives introduced the formation and activities in coffee production towards Fairtrade standards. The cooperatives also shared the advantages of the implementation process, in which cooperative members are already aware of the economic, social and environmental benefits of coffee production under Fairtrade standards. However these cooperatives are now struggling for the output of Fairtrade coffee products, generally cooperatives sold 30-40% of coffee products under fair trade channels compared the their registrations.

 

Also during this trip, on 11 July 2015, CDI organized a workshop "Sharing experiences in sustainable coffee production and market development between the Vietnam - Laos" in Buon Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province. The workshop attracted more than 20 delegates representing more than 10 cooperatives producing fair trade coffee in Dak Lak, Dak Nong to attend and contribute ideas. At the seminar, representatives of Laos and CPC introduced the CPC system, how to implement Faitrade on coffee in Laos and the potentality for agricultural sustainable-certified products. The delegates agreed that the coffee production under sustainable standards is the inevitable trend domestically and internationally, however, to have a sustainable strategy there should be the consistent solutions in the planning, and roadmap; and suggest CDI continues to be a bridge to promote the sharing, technical assistance, market access activities so that the cooperatives can have more and more sustainable and effective operation in the future.

 

CDI's job opportunities July 2015

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CDI is seeking qualifiedand highly motivated Vietnamese candidates to work for the following positions:

1. Senior Finance Officer

2. Inclusive Growth Theme Manager (re-advert)

(Please find the attached file for detailed Job description of the positions)

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How to apply

— * Interested Vietnamese candidates should send her/his recent CV and a cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by July 17th, 2015

* Please specify in subject line “Application to [Position]_[Your name]"

* Only short-listed candidates will be notified for interview

 
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