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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)

CDI_Job description_Senior Finance Officer

CDI_Job descrition_Inclusive Growth Theme Manager

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

 

CDI's new project "Sustainable Coffee Production and Pro-poor Market Access (CPMA)” for Cau Dat coffee group

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From 01 June 2015 to 31 May 2016, CDI will implement the project “Sustainable Coffee Production and Pro-poor Market Access (CPMA)” for Cau Dat coffee group under the sponsorship of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).


The project aims to three objectives:

(i) promote the capacity of market participation and social entrepreneurship of the small coffee farmers group

(ii) strengthen production capacity and quality through standards and investment;

(iii) encourage social entrepreneurship amongst young people, farmers and communities.


Concrete outcomes of the project will be:

- Enhanced direct linkages between coffee producer-groups and markets for Cau Dat Fairtrade Coffee farmers

- Strengthened production capacity of the farmers group through better investment for quality of coffee

- Strengthen institutional capacity for the group into the sustainable business model of Cau Dat fairtrade Coffee Cooperative

- Raised awareness amongst the general public and consumers of the importance of ethically produced organic fairtrade coffee from Cau Dat

- Implementation of social entrepreneurship initiatives for the Cooperative to bring coffee products to consumption markets.


Throughout the year, the project’s budget of 77,195 USD will be used for the following activities:

1. Assisting the group to establish cooperative with fairtrade and organic certification

2. Training for the cooperative members on fair trade and organic standards where all members can adopt standards

3. Investment of small scale facilities for coffee processing (such as wet processing facility and sorting machines, post harvest facilities) for 4-5 clubs of the cooperative so that they can produce export quality of green beans

4. Support in trade mark registration of Cau Dat coffee (as a community or group ownership)

5. Support the operation of an eco-tourism model (A farm to cup model – through the operation of eco-tourism coffee shop at farm will be open and receive visitors to understand the organic coffee farming and taste of Cau Dat coffee including onsite roasting and packaging facilities).

6. Training in social entrepreneurship for the cooperative core members to run the eco-tourism business model.

Also in the framework of the project, officers from KOICA has visited and worked at CDI’s office as well as had a field trip to see the current of the coffee group in Cau Dat. KOICA and CDI are hoping the project will bring sustainable livelihoods and new developments in the manufacture of coffee business for coffee farmers in Cau Dat; while helping to more and more consumers realize the value, benefits and quality of fair trade coffee.

 
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