The USAID-funded Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program (VFD) has developed and tested livelihood models to assist with food security and increasing incomes for farmers.
A group of 11 senior officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Justice have just completed a study tour to several U.S. agencies (including the U.S. Trade Representative Office) and private groups to learn first-hand from the U.S. Government’s experiences implementing free trade commitments and other legal and regulatory reforms.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded a five-year grant to the Centre for Promotion of Quality of Life (LIFE), a Vietnamese organization, to strengthen community-led approaches to HIV prevention, care and treatment.
A leadership conference and exhibition opened today at the University of Danang with an aim to highlight female role models in Vietnam in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), encourage the exchange of knowledge and paths to entrepreneurship and offer networking opportunities among professionals.
Fostering an open and diverse scientific community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints is a necessary step to realizing development goals. Young men and young women may innovate differently. But by bringing together varying points of view, Vietnam can build a stronger foundation around which industry can build. Unfortunately, whether in education or the workplace, the proportion of women in STEM decreases dramatically at the highest levels. Men are more likely than women to be in technological and scientific activities, information technology, manufacturing, construction, utilities and transportation, while women are concentrated in education and training, human health, and hotels. Throughout several industries, Vietnam continues to have gender bias in recruitment in sectors relating to STEM and for positions with higher salaries. In many cases employers still add written gender preference in their job advertisements and men are most often targeted for more technical and highly skilled jobs such as architects, engineers, and IT professionals, despite the fact that the performance of highly qualified women often surpasses that of men.
Last updated: December 16, 2016