While a strong bilateral partnership is the foundation for Australia’s aid to Vietnam, some development challenges are more effectively met through regional and global approaches and by harnessing the expertise of other Australian government departments.
Budget Estimate $10.42 million in 2018-19
The regional aid program helps countries (including Vietnam) implement a coordinated response to cross-border challenges that cannot be addressed through bilateral investments alone. There is a growing understanding amongst countries of the region that in some instances, unilateral actions are less effective and that joint approaches are necessary. The main objectives of Australia's ASEAN and Mekong Program are to enable regional economic cooperation and inclusive growth, and strengthen regional responses to trafficking and the exploitation of migrant workers. Vietnam is one of the key beneficiaries of DFAT's aid investments under both objectives.
Budget Estimate $10.21 million in 2018-19
Vietnam benefits from Australia’s global partnerships with multilateral donors such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, United Nations agencies as well as global 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 good development outcomes in the region.
Other global programs enable Australian volunteers, youth, businesses, academics and higher education organisations to support Vietnam's development such as the Australian Volunteers program and the Australia Awards Fellowships program.
Australia's aid program also supports development partnerships between NGOs in Australia and Vietnam. Under these partnerships, non-government organisations including CARE, ChildFund, World Vision, Caritas and Plan Australia have been 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. Further information is available on the website of each organisation.
Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program administered by the Australian Embassy in Hanoi. The Direct Aid Program is a flexible program that aims to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian challenges in developing countries, including Vietnam, while at the same time fulfilling Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives.
Other government department programs
Budget Estimate $5.2 million in 2018-19
Other Australian and State and Territory government departments and agencies also 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 development assistance to Vietnam include the Department of Education and Training, Home Affairs and the Australian Federal Police. The Department of Education and Training provides opportunities to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia through the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships. 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.