The “Pro-poor Participatory Development Project” funded by Plan International has helped strengthen the participation of the poor, ethnic people and women in socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

The affirmation was made on the first day of a two-day conference (March 25-26) to sum up the project after three years of implementation in Xin Man district in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and central Quang Tri province’s Huong Hoa district.

The project helped improve local people’s awareness of socio-economic development planning and has made them more proactive in raising their opinions. It also improved the community’s attitude towards the role of women in this process.

At the conference in Ha Giang, participants are sharing their experience in implementing the project and discussing measures to maintain its effectiveness.

The project, implemented in 19 communes in the two districts from January 2011 to March 2014, was funded by the European Union with a total budget of 728,000 EUR (1 million USD), 500,000 EUR of which was from the EU and the remaining from Plan International.-VNA