The program addresses both the demand and supply sides of local planning and public agricultural services in rural areas of northern Vietnam with the intention of improving livelihoods, incomes and further reducing poverty of ethnic minorities. It aims to contribute to province- and district-wide mainstreaming of participatory local planning, financial decentralization and improved public service delivery in agriculture, in order to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods in disadvantaged areas of Cao Bang and Hoa Binh provinces.
It focuses on two main pillars: (1) strengthening commune level planning and financial management; and (2) developing the capacity of the public service delivery system to become more effective and responsive to the requirements of farmers.
The Commune Development Fund, as seed money from the project, will directly: (i) contribute to poverty reduction at the local level, (ii) improve the financial management skills of local government and therefore, increase the confidence of the government in decentralizing further its budget to commune level, and (iii) motivate local people to contribute to development projects that benefit their communities.
To ensure its sustainability, the project implementation is integrated into government systems and works through government partners. All project activities are implemented by government partners on commune, district and provincial levels. All guidelines, methodologies, tools, mechanisms and procedures are approved by provincial authorities for broad application in the provinces.
The project targets the following groups: