The efficiency of the Swiss-funded project “Promoting Community Management Models” (PCMM) will be rolled out across the Red River Delta province of Nam Dinh from 2012 to 2016, according to the SDC.

This was announced at a meeting between the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) and Nam Dinh province to review the outcomes of the projects first phase from 2008-2012 and discuss plans for the second phase.

Director La Thi Thuy of the Nam Dinh Community Friendship Centre (Nadicofric) which managed the project’s first phase said Nam Dinh will receive a total funding of 5.5 million USD from SDC to replicate the model throughout the province during the second phase.

The PCMM project aims to promote community involvement, especially from poor and disadvantaged people, when drawing up plans and coming to decisions by using models of community-based management and holding training sessions on how to increase management capability at grass-roots level.

Under the project, which ran from July 2008 to June 2011, 386 sub-projects were completed throughout the province, at a cost of over 8 billion VND (384,000 USD). In addition, 25 wards and communes in Nam Dinh City have completed their socio-economic development plans with input from local residents and the relevant agencies. This process has been adopted by the city People’s Committee to be applied in every ward and commune in the city by the end of this year.

Apart from Nam Dinh, the PCMM project has also benefited the northern province of Hoa Binh and the central province of Quang Binh. It will also be rolled out in two districts of Quang Binh province./.