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.
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.
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.
Typhoon Damrey Emergency Response Project
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.