Building Accountability and Good Governance for Better Targeted and Sustainable Poverty Reduction

Organization(s)

Center for Development and Integration (CDI)

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Basic Project Information

CDI launched a series of social accountability approaches with local partners to increase citizen participation and build the capacity of local authorities to implement the targeted poverty reduction program.

Project Summary

Objectives

  • Build local officials’ capacity to effectively deliver on targeted programs and social services by responding to the needs of minority and disadvantaged groups
  • Improve the capacity of ethnic minorities to access information and participate in policy formulation, planning, and managing processes for economic and social development

Summary

CDI partnered with the People’s Committee of Dakmil District, Dak Nong Province, to build local officials’ capacity to respond to the needs of minority and disadvantaged groups, and effectively deliver on the targeted poverty reduction program. To achieve this goal, CDI trained the People’s Committee on the participatory components of Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP), and educated community members on their rights and their role in planning and monitoring processes. CDI then trained local officials on the design and implementation of a number of social accountability tools, including a Citizen Report Card (CRC), Community Score Card (CSC), and Social Audit.  With support from CDI, the People’s Committee implemented the tools to gain hands-on experience with a variety of methodologies that community members and officials could systematically incorporate into their future work.    

Use of Information Communication Technology

None

Scale

CRC: 449 households across 3 communes

CSC: 2 communes

Social Audit: 2 communes   

Replicated CRC: 250 households across 2 separate districts 

Target Population

Poor people and ethnic minorities
Results

Results Methodology

External consultants conducted a post-hoc participatory evaluation that involved project beneficiaries to assess the overall project’s relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact, as well as its potential for sustainability and replication, based on intended outcomes. To learn more about each of these areas of assessment, please see the evaluation report.

Indicators Used

  • Number of initiatives/recommendations proposed by the poor ethnic mountainous people which are accepted and carried out accordingly by relevant stakeholders in practice 
  • Number of participants from poor households participating in training on local planning and monitoring, income generation activities, etc.
  • Number of women participating in the village planning events
  • Number of representatives of communities participating in monitoring of the public investment projects/programmes at local levels
  • Number of representatives of local CSOs participating in monitoring of the public investment projects/programmes at local levels
  • Number of CSOs having improved performance against optimum currency area (OCA) criteria applied by Vietnam Civil Society Facility (VCSF)
  • Number of VCSF interventions contributing to improved performance of CSOs against OCA criteria applied by VCSF
  • Number of CSOs (sub-grantees) receiving  organisational development support from VCSF grantees
  • Number of policy recommendations  on CSO development applied/endorsed by GOV at different levels
  • Number of policy briefings/ recommendations proposed by CSOs (within the framework of VCSF)
  • Number of CSOs involved in process of developing and monitoring public investments at local levels
  • Number of awards granted by authorities and registered organisations to CSOs for their contributions to the society 
  • Number of research and analytical works carried out by CSOs within VCSF
  • Number of communication and advocacy campaigns on the results of research and analytical materials carried out by CSOs
  • Number of CSOs trained about local planning and participatory/community monitoring (within the framework of VCSF)
  • Number of CSOs (VCSF grantees) mobilising additional funding from other sources thanks to VCSF's organisational development support
  • Number of policy dialogues initiated by VCSF grantees
  • Number of recommendations/initiatives introduced by VCSF grantees to local authorities at all levels
  • Number of businesses with increased awareness of the role of CSOs in Vietnam’s development

Reported Results

  • 27 initiatives/recommendations proposed by the poor ethnic mountainous people which are accepted and carried out accordingly by relevant stakeholders in practice 
  • 1,580 participants from poor households participating in training on local planning and monitoring, income generation activities, etc.
  • 1,661 women participating in the village planning events
  • 1,208 representatives of communities participating in monitoring of the public investment projects/programmes at local levels
  • 225 representatives of local CSOs participating in monitoring of the public investment projects/programmes at local levels
  • 14 policy briefings/ recommendations proposed by CSOs (within the framework of VCSF)
  • 91 CSOs involved in process of developing and monitoring public investments at local levels
  • Zero awards granted by authorities and registered organisations to CSOs for their contributions to the society
  • Eight research and analytical works carried out by CSOs within VCSF
  • 38 communication and advocacy campaigns on the results of research and analytical materials carried out by CSOs
  • 150 CSOs trained about local planning and participatory/community monitoring (within the framework of VCSF)
  • Zero CSOs (VCSF grantees) mobilising additional funding from other sources thanks to VCSF's organisational development support
  • Nine policy dialogues initiated by VCSF grantees
  • 16 recommendations/initiatives introduced by VCSF grantees to local authorities at all levels
  • Five businesses with increased awareness of the role of CSOs in Vietnam’s development
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