This program focused on two of the poorest communities in the country in two distant provinces, each with a unique geography and climate. It sought to enhance the ability of participants to manage commune-level institutions, promoting the government’s ongoing decentralization process, and establishing management structures and delivery services that respond to the needs of the participants. The ultimate goal was to improve the productivity, income levels and food security of poor households, especially for ethnic minorities and women.
Gender- and poverty-based participatory rural assessments were conducted to ensure the needs of the poor, women and ethnic groups. The project has gender focus that women were especially targeted for programme benefits as part of the programme.