The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in coordination with the Republic Ireland has engaged in a project to help Vietnam in sustainable poverty reduction during the period of 2012-2016.

The project’s concrete objective is to support the implementation of the Vietnamese Government’s Resolution 80/NQ-CP on directions of sustainable poverty reduction (2011-2020) and the National Target Programme on Sustainable Poverty Reduction (2011-2015).

It targets eight pilot provinces of Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Bac Kan in the north, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai in the central region, Kon Tum in the Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh .

Through encouraging the involvement of the poor and intensifying the implementation and management of programmes and policies on poverty reduction, the project is expected to contribute to accelerating poverty reduction in the poorest and ethnic minority regions.

Last year, over 50 percent of ethnic minorities in Vietnam lived under the poverty line, of which 31 percent faced food shortage.

Poverty reduction rates in the fields of education, healthcare, fresh water, hygiene and housing in ethnic minority areas have lagged behind the country’s average.

Issued in 2011, the resolution aims to reduce the rate of poor households by 4 percent per annum with the focus on the most disadvantaged regions nationwide.-VNA