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December 18, 2014

HANOI, December 18, 2014 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has just launched a first-of-its-kind project in Vietnam that aims to empower farmers, especially women, to enhance their access to land by increasing their awareness of existing land rights under current legislation.

The two-year pilot effort will set up and train teams of grassroots community volunteers to help farmers, particularly women farmers, in the northern province of Hung Yen and the Mekong Delta province of Long An to improve their understanding of land rights.  In addition to training community volunteers, the project will support the work of researchers to better understand and document gender-specific barriers to realizing land rights in rural areas. This project will combine commune-level legal rights counseling and education with advocacy efforts, which will focus on increasing the capacity of social and mass organizations to advocate for gender equitable implementation of land regulations, as well as legal revisions when necessary to achieve this.

Eye screening for kindergarten children in Quoc Oai district of Hanoi
June 10, 2014

Over 15,000 primary and secondary students in Quoc Oai district of Hanoi have received vision screenings with those in need receiving quality eyeglasses under an eye care project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant provided to Advancing and Partners Communities/JSI.

June 6, 2014

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in cooperation with Nam Dinh People’s Committee and the Management Board of Biosphere Reserve of Inter-provincial Coastal Wetlands of Red River Delta, organized a two-day symposium to promote coherent climate change adaptation actions for the entire Red River Delta.

Representatives from provincial departments of construction participate in a panel discussion on energy efficiency.
May 6, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction (MOC) launched a technical assistance and training program under USAID’s Vietnam Clean Energy Program to promote energy efficiency in the building sector.  The long-term objective of the program is to support Vietnam’s sustainable growth by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the more efficient usage of electricity in the building sector.

Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Jason Foley speaks at the launching ceremony.
May 6, 2014

Over the past decade Vietnam has experienced exponential economic growth. While this is an enviable position to be in, I understand there are serious concerns as to how the country is going to fuel this rapid expansion. By implementing a robust program to promote energy efficiency, the Ministry of Construction can have a meaningful effect on national rates of energy consumption and save significant amounts in power production to boost energy security.  Another significant impact is the lowering of growth in greenhouse gas emissions.

April 22, 2014

With U.S. Government support, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today launched a regional network to highlight the successes of women entrepreneurs contributing to economic development and help them address challenges they face in finance, networking and training.

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