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Public Finance for Children (PF4C) advanced workshop

Recently in Hanoi, from the 22nd to the 25th August 2016, a Public Finance for Children (PF4C) advanced workshop was held successfully with the attendance of 25 representatives from networks, civil society organizations, local and international non-governmental organizations which  work in the field of children’s rights protection and public finance management, as well as other organizations and individuals who are interested in the issue. Especially, some experienced experts in development programs including programs for children, participatory planning, and public finance attended the workshop.

 

The workshop was held in 4 days consecutively, under the guidance of two international lecturers (Mr. Juan Bester and Mr. Nohman Ishtiaq from Oxford Policy Management); and a governance specialist (Dr. Trinh Tien Dung). The lecturers provided attendees knowledge and skills related to Public Finance Management and Public Finance for Children. Through the workshop, attendees were introduced to several essential contents such as the approaching method of PF4C, integrating PF4C into the budgetary process, children-centralized policy analysis, the relation between PF4C and PFM, fiscal decentralization in Vietnam, advocacy for the expansion of fiscal space for PF4C, children-centralized budget analysis, children-centralized evaluation and monitoring method.

 

After the workshop, attendees, experts and UNICEF’s representatives discussed on PF4C implementation plans in the near future.

 

According to attendees, this advanced workshop is one of a few workshops about public finance in general and public finance for children in particular in Vietnam. The workshop was very helpful for providing attendees directly related knowledge and skills for their works, as well as creating opportunities for attendees to discuss, analyze the issues as well as adjust the current situation of Vietnam so they can make a coordinated action plan aiming to transparent, efficient, fair, and equitable public finance for children in Vietnam.

 

 

The 5th Regional Conference of Asian Roundtable on Social Protection: Economic growth needs to go abreast with the promotion of social protection .

In order to share experiences from other countries and discuss regional initiatives, from 22nd to 24th August 2016, the 5th regional Asian Roundtable on Social Protection was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The conference emphasized the role of the Government in ensuring Social Security and calling for regional initiatives about social protectionfor workers.


Although Asia is the area which has rapid economic growth, inequality is still increasing and poverty still exists in the region. The poverty rate decreases slowly, unemployment rate and unstable employment is increasing and million workers are living in poverty. The most disadvantaged people are vulnerable groups including workers working ininformal area, female workers and migrant workers.


Meanwhile social protection means all people, especially the disadvantaged are guaranteed a life with basic needs, some countries in Asia are gradually reducing their role in ensuring the welfare of the people. It is expressed in different ways, such as significantly cutting the state budget for social protection and privatizing public services. Even in their own social protection programs, the Government’s role is limited. For example, most of social insurance programs base on the contribution of employers and employees. Informal workers and those without stable income have to pay the entire cost. The Government only manages funds and pays pensions. When the workers call for increasing pension, the Government copes with difficulties due to lack of resource.


In this context, from 22nd to 28th August 2016, the 5th regional Asian Roundtable on Social Protection (AROSP) Conference was held in Jakarta, Indonesia in order to discuss the role of the Government in ensuring social protection, successful initiatives at grassroots level and experience from countries in the region as well as action plans for the future.


Over 70 participants from trade union organizations, research units, social organizations and workers in 13 countries and territories in the region (including Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Indonesia, Phillipines, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Nepal, Hongkong and China) attended the conference. In 3 working days, the participants discussed  issues related to social protectionin the context of each country and territory, labor trends in the near future, the role of the Government as well as private areas, difficulties of disadvantaged labor groups, budget and financial mobilization for social security as well as solutions for the raised issues. The representatives of CDI, Oxfam Vietnam and LIGHT Institute for Development & Community Health gave a general introduction of the social protection system of Vietnam and shared experiences in the process of supporting workers and advocacy. In addition, participants also conducted in-depth discussion sessions to define priority issues and make action plan for each specific area including the ASEAN Community, areas of South Asia and East Asia.

 

At the end of the conference, participants all agreed that Asian countries need to direct a complete social protectionsystem, which not only ensures the benefits of payers – beneficiaries but also ensures the social welfare in generally, especially for vulnerable groups, and promotes the social development. It could not be achievable without a people-centered strategy for long-term economic development, which is built on the basis of active participation from the grassroots level. Social protection programs must be implemented with the approach based on human rights. The mobilization as well as budget and national resources allocation need to ensure the transparency and accountability, make sure to meet the needs of the people. Representatives of organizations also committed to continue promoting activities from the community, capacity building for workers and related organizations, uniting and supporting workers at national and regional level, aiming to more effective campaigns and advocacy.

 

CDI: Initially engaged in advocacy in ASEAN region

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From 04 to 08, June 2016, representatives of the Center for Development and Integration (CDI) attended the training workshop on Advocacy in ASEAN organized by The Mekong Migration Network (MMN) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 5-day training course was attended by 17 delegates, representing non-governmental organizations, research units from 4 countries in the Mekong region, including Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The attendants from Vietnam consisted of 2 representatives from CDI and 2 representatives from the Center for Research Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) and the Faculty of Law, National University of Hanoi. The training also welcomed the participation of experts from many different organizations, including 4 teachers and 6 speakers who are activists, journalists, researchers and leaders of a number of international organizations with extensive experience participating in the process of advocacy in ASEAN.

The goal of the training is to provide basic knowledge and information for organizations involved in the process of advocacy and building actions at regional level. The training course has provided useful information on the structure and institutions of ASEAN and the process of making decisions and influencing factors in these decisions to a great extent. The course also helped participants improve skills related to policy analysis and advocacy, presenting the message and campaign planning.

The representatives of CDI actively participated in the discussions and presentations in the training. CDI will also continue the discussions with other civil society organizations in Vietnam to contribute to the joint action plan in the process of advocacy at ASEAN level. Thereby, the workers support programmes that CDI is implementing will be expanded, contributing to the promotion for the rights of migrant workers both at national and regional level.

More reading: News about the workshop on MMN website: http://www.mekongmigration.org/?p=5030

 

"The boat stuck in a billabong"

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Following the photo stories on the lives of migrant workers by CDI and the authors: Do Manh Cuong, Dinh Duc Hoang, Nguyen Thi Thu Lanh, with the support of Oxfam, we are pleased to introduce the 2nd story, the story of a family fishing and selling pottery along the streets living in a boarding hamlet by the Red river - "The boat stuck in a billabong".

Click here to view and download the story "The boat stuck in a billabong" ("Thuyen trong vung can"):

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Updated information and free consultancy to workers: www.laodongxanha.net

 

“A twenty-something life in the factory”

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In recent years, Viet Nam has taken significant steps in economic and social development and has step by step integrated into the regional and global economy. However, in the time of rapid change, Vietnam is facing a number of remarkable challenges including ensuring the enforcement of  labour rights which helps maintain the sustainable development of the national economy, society and environment of the country.


The unstable and unsustainable development of the economy and the consequences of industrialization and modernization process cause the increase in social gap and multi-dimensional poverty, the imbalance in migration and difficulties in implementing social protection policies of migrant workers.

 
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