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Regional and global programs in Vietnam


In addition to our bilateral partnership, Australia is addressing development challenges through regional and global approaches and by harnessing the expertise of other Australian government departments.

Regional programs

2019-20 Budget Estimate $7.5 million

Regional programs helps countries, including Vietnam, implement coordinated responses to cross-border challenges. The ASEAN and Mekong Program is enabling regional economic cooperation and inclusive growth, and strengthening regional responses to trafficking and the exploitation of migrant workers, including for Vietnam.

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Global programs

2019-20 Budget Estimate $8.2 million

Vietnam benefits from Australia's partnerships with multilateral donors such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, United Nations agencies as well as health, education and environment programs. Core funding from the Australian Government enables these large organisations to have a broader reach and implement a range of methods to deliver development outcomes in the region.

Other programs enable Australian volunteers, youth, businesses, academics and higher education organisations to support Vietnam's development.

Australia supports partnerships between NGOs in Australia and Vietnam. Under these partnerships, non-government organisations including CARE, ChildFund, World Vision, Caritas and Plan Australia are supported to work with local Vietnamese partners in areas ranging from disaster preparedness and child protection, to activities that expand water and sanitation services and increase agricultural production.

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Other government department programs

2019-20 Budget Estimate $4.1 million

Other Australian and State and Territory government departments and agencies play an important role in the delivery of Australia's aid program, including to Vietnam.

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research works with local organisations and farmers in Vietnam to improve crop yields and to adapt farming systems to the impacts of climate change.

Australian government departments that provide assistance to Vietnam include the Department of Education and Training, Home Affairs and the Australian Federal Police. Home Affairs provides management training through the Border Control Agency Management Programme (BCAMP) and technical skills training to improve Vietnam's capacity to independently manage its borders. The Australian Federal Police has supported the Vietnamese police through capacity building activities and training.

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Australian Volunteers Program

Since 1985 more than 1,000 Australian volunteers have worked for a range of institutions - multilateral, private sector, government, and non-government organisations - in sectors of high priority for Vietnam's development.

The program matches skilled Australians from all walks of life with organisations in developing countries to help these organisations deliver their own objectives. Through meaningful volunteer assignments, the program creates enduring links between Australians and people and organisations in partner countries. The program is delivered by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in consortium with Cardno and the Whitelum Group.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Final Design: Australian Volunteers Program 2017-2022 2017 Design document
Factsheet and Vietnam Country Report 2018 Factsheet and report

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.


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