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Partners of the Gender Equality and Girls Education Initiative in Viet Nam discuss improved project advancements

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IMG 6161Ha Noi, 17 February 2017 – Government officials, students, members of Community Learning Centers (CLCs) and UN agencies have discussed the findings and recommendations of the Gender Equality and Girl’s Education Initiative Midterm Review for enhanced relevance, effectiveness and efficiency during the project’s final year of implementation.

During the Midterm Review Briefing on January 19, 2017, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) hosted partners of the Gender Equality Initiative as well as UNESCO and members of UNFPA to discuss key findings and recommendation of the review. Feedback and discussions voiced through the meeting have been used to finalise the review.

The Midterm Review was carried out by two external consultants, between November 2016 and January 2017, with the following primary objectives:
1. To assess the relevance of project activities to the beneficiaries’ requirements, country needs, and global priorities;
2. To determine the effectiveness of project activities and trainings in increasing the awareness and capacity of implementing partners and targeted groups;
3. To measure collaboration and coordination efficiency among implementing partners, UNESCO, and other UN agencies, in regards to efficient use of resources such as funds, expertise and time; and
4. To provide recommendations to address any gaps or deficiencies in effectiveness.

Findings based on over 100 in-depth interviews and online surveys with key partners, beneficiaries and target groups show that the Initiative is on track and is making significant contributions to gender equality in Viet Nam. This has been evidence through (i) strong alignment with government plans and priorities as well as those of the UN by addressing identified gender related challenges in the Education Sector, (ii) timely completion of many activities which has allowed for the development of additional supporting activities, and (iii) effective technical assistance provided by UNESCO through efficient management oversight of delivery of outputs and activities.
Recommendations in order to ensure the Initiative’s sustainability and longevity after 2017, include the encouragement of implementing partners to build upon project activities and to widely use the materials, reports, and communication products developed.
Additionally, greater attention and effort should be directed towards addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in the Education Sector.

Together, H.E Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Nghia of MOET and Ms. Susan Vize, UNESCO Representative a.i to Viet Nam, affirmed that stakeholders, target groups and partners of the Initiative have all benefited greatly from the Initiative thus far. Success of the Initiative’s ongoing progress has been attributed to strong communication among all key players as well as the strong commitment to quality performance.

Partners and beneficiaries have recognised the major effort exerted by MOET and UNESCO through their technical and financial support for the enhancement of the implementation of the legal right of girls and women to education specifically through gender mainstreaming in planning, curriculum and textbook development and awareness-raising on school related gender based violence. It is anticipated that this partnership will further continue after the completion of the project to support Viet Nam in its continuous efforts to achieve gender equality.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tran Thi Phuong Nhung, Gender Programme Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


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There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.


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Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.

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