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Vietnam development cooperation – completed programs

This page hosts information on the following completed development cooperation programs in Vietnam:

Australia-World Bank Strategic Partnership (ABP) in Vietnam

$43 million, 2012-2017

The Australia-World Bank Strategic Partnership (ABP) was dedicated to supporting Vietnam's development agenda through technical assistance, capacity building, and analytical work, as well as some investment support, financed by a programmatic trust fund and delivered through a partnership between the World Bank and DFAT.

ABP's objectives were to: foster an enabling environment in Vietnam for improved economic competitiveness, increased environmental sustainability, and broadened access to economic and social opportunity; and enhance cooperation between Australia and the Bank in working for development effectiveness in Vietnam.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Vietnam Australia-World Bank Partnership mid-term review: final report and management response 2015 Report and management response
Australia-World Bank Strategic Partnership in Vietnam - Completion report 2017 Report

Restructuring for a more competitive Vietnam

$3 million, 2014-2017

The project helped relieve key constraints to healthy growth of the private sector (domestic and international), increase Vietnam's competitiveness and promote regional and global trade. It helped strengthen the evidence-base to support economic restructuring in line with Vietnam's emerging commitments under regional and international economic cooperation agreements. The program engaged international experts on key policy issues and worked with a range of stakeholders to build support for reforms. The program shared contemporary Australian reform experience and built institutional links with Australian economic agencies including the Productivity Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The project worked with three key agencies: the Central Institute for Economic Management, the Vietnam Competition Authority and the Institute for Policy and Strategy in Agriculture and Rural Development. Emerging priorities were addressed through a flexible funding mechanism accessible by a range of organisations including the Communist Party Economic Reform Commission and the Economic Committee of the National Assembly.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Restructuring for a More Competitive Vietnam (RCV) Mid-term Review 2016 Report and management response
Grant Agreement between Australia and Central Institute for Economic Management for the Restructuring for a more Competitive Vietnam Project 2014 Agreement
RCV Design Document 2014 Design

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Integrated Coastal Management Program (ICMP)

$16.6 million, 2011-2018

The Mekong Delta is home to 18 million people and is the third-largest industrial region of Vietnam, after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is Vietnam's most important agricultural region producing 55 per cent of the country's rice and feeding more than 245 million people worldwide. The region's people and resources are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including saline intrusion in coastal areas, riverbank and coastal erosion, flooding due to land subsidence, and sea level rise. Rapid development is exacerbating these impacts and placing further pressure on resources. These issues extend beyond provincial boundaries, which means that cooperation between provinces and with neighbouring countries is critical to protecting people, their livelihoods and the environment.

ICMP supported the Government of Vietnam to use strengthened planning, technical and financial capacities to foster climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta. Practical, cost-effective solutions to coastal protection, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, successfully piloted in phase one (2011-2014), were scaled up and institutionalised for greater impact and sustainability. The main outcomes of the second phase of ICMP (2014-2018) included:

  • Established the political, administrative and legal framework for formulation of broad-based investments aimed at climate resilience and green growth
  • Technical and financial capacities of partner organisations were built so that selected measures targeting coastal protection, water management and agriculture can be broadly implemented
  • Institutional conditions for climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta's coastal ecosystems were improved and new strategic partnerships created.

ICMP was jointly financed by the Governments of Australia and Germany. ICMP was implemented by GIZ in partnership with Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Resource Development and five provincial governments.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Memorandum of Understanding between AusAID and BMZ 2007 Memorandum of Understanding
Vietnam Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Program Gender analysis November 2010 2010 Report
Vietnam Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Program–Design Document 2010 Design document
Fact sheet: Scaling up community responses to climate change and coastal conservation in the Mekong Delta 2012 Fact sheet
Vietnam Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Program–Fact sheet 2012 Fact sheet
Integrated Coastal Management Program Phase I: Final Report 2014 Report
Phase II Design Document - Integrated Coastal Management Programme 2014 Design document
Summary report of final evaluation and management response - Integrated Coastal Management Programme 2017 Report & management response
Integrated Coastal Management Program fact sheet 2017 Fact sheet
Integrated Coastal Management Program Final Report 2018 Report

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Typhoon Damrey Emergency Response Project

$400,000, 2018

In November 2017, the south-central coastline of Vietnam was hit by Typhoon Damrey, a strong tropical cyclone that affected 15 provinces across the region and resulted in an economic loss estimated at USD 1 billion.

Australia provided $400,000 to support recovery efforts in partnership with CARE International in Vietnam. The financial assistance and technical training provided through the project helped 10,000 people in Quang Nam and Hue provinces to rebuild their homes, re-establish crops and livestock, and gain access to clean drinking water.

Cao Lanh Bridge

$160 million, 2011-2020

Australia co-financed the design, supervision and construction of the Cao Lanh Bridge across the Mekong River to facilitate trade and economic growth in the region. This bridge is a vital part of a major transport initiative called the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project that helps link people and markets in the Mekong Delta to the rest of Southeast Asia and beyond. The bridge is two kilometres long, six lanes wide and sits 37.5 metres above the Mekong River. The bridge will directly benefit five million people, including an estimated 170,000 road users per day. The bridge pioneers new technical engineering solutions to improve quality and withstand climate-related events. It is the largest single Australian aid activity in mainland Southeast Asia. The Bridge was officially opened by the Foreign Minister on 27 May 2018.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Statement of Principles between the Government of Vietnam and Government of Australia-Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project 2010 Statement of Principles
Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance Report on the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project 2011 Report
Co-financing agreement between the Government of Australia and the Asian Development Bank for the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project 2011 Agreement
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project Inception Report 2011 Report
The Cao Lanh Bridge–Australia and Vietnam Working Together 2012 Factsheet
Australia – ADB Co-financing agreement for the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project 2013 Agreement
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project – Report and Recommendations to the President 2013 Design
Cao Lanh Bridge Impact Evaluation – Benchmark Report, 2017 2017 Evaluation
Cao Lanh Bridge fact sheet 2017 Fact sheet

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Vietnam Climate Innovation Center

$7.35 million, 2013-2020

Australia has supported the establishment of the Vietnam Climate Innovation Centre through the World Bank and with co-funding from the United Kingdom. The Centre, which was launched on 7 December 2015, provides small and medium enterprises – including those led by women – with the seed capital, skills and networks they need to develop and bring to the market innovative yet commercially viable climate-smart technologies. This in turn promotes private sector engagement in green growth and supports Vietnam's aims as a middle-income country to reshape the economy and increase competitiveness.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Vietnam Climate Innovation Center Business Plan 2012 Project document
Brochure: Vietnam Climate Innovation Center Climate Technology Program [PDF 1.84mb] 2015 Brochure
Vietnam Climate Innovation Center fact sheet 2017 Fact sheet

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