Initiative For Pro Poor Development in the Northern Uplands

Location : Bac Kan (Ba Be & Pac Nam), Cao Bang (Bao Lac & Bao Lam)
Dates : 12/03/06 to 31/12/10
NGOs : Consortium BCEOM team leader, GRET, VASS, CECEM
Donor : EU

Presentation, objectives and areas of intervention

The Initiative for the Pro Poor Development in the Northern Uplands of Vietnam (IPPDNU) is a project financed by the European Commission with a total grant estimated at Euro 17 million and with cash and in kind inputs by the Government of Vietnam amounting to Euro 1.6 million. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the Executing Agency of the Project. A Project Task Force (PTF) which is managed by a Vietnamese Director is responsible to the Executing Agency for delivering the project’s outputs. At the provincial level, the PTF works in partnership with the Department of Planning and Investment (DPI) and other relevant Departments (DARD, DoLISA, DoET, DTT). Project implementation officially commenced on 12 March 2006 and will be completed by 31 December 2010.

The Project is to work in four districts: Bao Lam and Bao Lac in Cao Bang Province and Ba Be and Pac Nam in Bac Kan Province. The main objective is to contribute to a better quality of life of the poorest upland families in the two provinces in accordance with Government policy for poverty reduction as set down in the Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (CPRGS).

The Project responds to the Government strategy through direct intervention or by putting in place mechanisms through which they can be acted upon. To this end, it will be operating in all communes and villages in the target districts. Implementation will be undertaken by the appropriate government line agencies in the provinces and the Project intervention will concentrate on training, infrastructure and community support through inputs delivered for works undertaken by the beneficiaries.


The activities:

The project is divided into five results oriented components, with their own activities. The project logical framework is attached.

Result 1: Government agencies, private enterprise and mass organization at all level are reinforced and are able to provide effective support to the poorest community

This component is design to put in place an enabling environment at all relevant levels so that those involved can achieve the capacity necessary to fulfill their project responsibilities. This component is divided in four results:

- Management, monitoring and coordination systems are installed and functioning;

- Financial systems are developed and running;

- The institutional outreach mechanisms are established; and

DoET and DARD will recruit staff to work in permanent posts at commune level to provide training. The project will upgrade and construct 150 basic village schools to be used as learning and community centers. Community members and government staffs will receive on and off the job training. A special education program will be provided to the most disadvantaged groups (women and youths from ethnic groups).

The private sector / government partnerships are encouraged.

The activities in this component should help put in place a constructive environment for private sector development in the concerned districts. The project will conduct market research for economic development, put in place market information systems and establish institutional frameworks for promoting private institutions.

Result 2: Appropriate infrastructure constructed and used

This component will enable remote and dispersed communities to access the benefits of public services through community efforts. The activities will support village development planning and implementation of very small-scale infrastructures construction by villagers. In addition, small-scale infrastructures (such as save drinking water systems, culverts, sluice gates, irrigations systems, etc) will be constructed within communes for economic development.

Result 3: Opportunities developed in forestry, NTFPs and agriculture

The project will support DARD to implement Land Use Planning and Allocation (LUPLA) and Community Based Forest Management (CBFM). The project is to provide information and opportunities for NTFP development, the development of extension packages, and the facilitation of exchange visits. Inputs and equipment will be supplied through the commune extension centers.

Result 4: Better incomes earned from livestock

The project will establish livestock banks, train paravets, provide improved breeding stock and promote good husbandry and vaccination coverage.

Result 5: Off farm incomes promoted through development of small and medium enterprises and providing of marketable skills.

The project will install and equip four district level business promotion centers, will establish a thrift society scheme (seed capital grant) and provide business skills and technical training. Following identification of labour market requirements, the project will construct and equip 50 occupational skill and community learning centers at commune levels, will design training courses train the trainers.



Christophe Goossens

Chief Technical Assistant, Institutional Experts

Bac Kan Department of Plan and Investment, Truong Chinh Street, Duc Xuan Precinct, Bac Kan Town, Bac Kan Province.

Mobile: 0903285260. Office Phone: # 84-(0)281879704. Office Fax: #84-(0)281879705






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