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Vietnam: Civil Society Organisations engage with citizens to call for government openess, transparency and accountability

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Vietnam is a one-party state and central planning system in which budget issues are often dealt with as state issues. Vietnam’s ranking on OBI, currently 19, has only improved slightly over time and did not achieve the average international ranking until 2012. Public participation in the budget process is limited by institutional and procedural settings. Where there is limited citizen access to public information people cannot hold government accountable for managing public resources.

 

“Training and Assessment of public investment using social audit tool” in Hai Lang district, Quang Tri Province

taphuanSAhailangIn the framework of the project “Strengthening accountability for sustainable development”, CDI, in cooperation with Department of Finance of Quang Tri province, successfully organized the “training and assessment of public investment using social audit tool” in Hai Lang district, Quang tri province. The training and assessment aimed at promoting the participation and the voice of people in the planning, implementing and monitoring public investment, contributing to the improvement of the investment quality and enhancement of transparency, accountability of local authority, local management institutes. In addition, the result of the assessment and report of the initial findings will be used for monitoring and assessment in coming years.

During 3 days, from 18th to 20th August 2014, core group from Department of Finance of Quang Tri province, Department of Finance and Planning of Hai Lang district, and other selected officials at district and commune level were trained on Social audit tool, its definition, legal framework and implementing procedures.

Since social audit is a new tool in assessment of public investment, CDI experts and local core group agreed to implement a pilot assessment in Hai Chanh commune.

After the training, core group implemented real assessment in Hai Hoa and Hai Ba communes. 2 public investment projects in each commune were chosen for the assessment.  (Hung An Clean water project and Culture House in Hai Hoa commune; Phuong Lang rural main road and Phuong Lang market in Hai Ba commune)

On 23 August 2014, the initial findings were presented at the community dialogues between benefited community and investors, contractors and local authorities in Hai Hoa and Hai Ba communes respectively.  The community dialogues aimed at sharing assessment results and promoting accountability of stakeholders. The dialogues also created an open and democracy forum for all parties to discuss and find ways to solve existing problems.

 

 

 

End-of-project conference “Building accountability and good governance for better targeted and sustainable poverty reduction in Dak mil district, Dak nong province”

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On 3rd April 2014, the end-of-project conference “Building accountability and good governance for better targeted and sustainable poverty reduction in Dak mil district, Dak nong province” was successfully organized by CDI, in cooperation with People’s Committee in Dak mil district, funded by Irish Aid- Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam.

 

Diaglogue: Policy and Initiatives on strengthening and protecting workers’ rights in industrial areas

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On 13th December 2013, a dialogue “Policy and initiatives on strengthening and protecting workers’ rights in industrial areas”, funded by Oxfam Solidarity Belgium and Oxfam Novib, was successfully organized by CDI, in cooperation with labor federations of 6 provinces: Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Dong Nai.

 

 

 

 

 
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