Social Policy and Governance

A fair chance for every child.

Social Policy and Governance
UN Photo/Kibae Park

The Challenge

Rapid economic growth has transformed Viet Nam, bringing with it remarkable social achievements. Yet, this progress has been unequal. Ensuring that “no child is left behind” requires breakthrough solutions to fast-track progress towards inclusive and sustainable development for all.

This means Viet Nam must find ways to ensure development benefits all its children through the strengthening of government policies and programmes with a greater child rights perspective. Achievement of lower middle-income status has made addressing these challenges increasingly acute, with a dramatic decrease in development assistance meaning Viet Nam must do more with less.

Mother and Child in Ninh Thuan
UN Viet Nam\Aidan Dockery

The Solution

UNICEF’s work in Viet Nam focusses on supporting the government to develop more effective and equitable social and economic policies to help realize the rights of all children.

Through influencing the national legal and policy agenda, we will strengthen government systems for the realization of child rights, particularly through social protection measures based on child-sensitive public financial management.

UNICEF’s work in Viet Nam is focussed on supporting the government to develop more effective and equitable social and economic policies to help realize the rights of all children.
UN Viet Nam\Aidan Dockery

In prioritizing specific areas of need, UNICEF works to strengthen evidence-based policy-making and demonstrate the effectiveness of cross-sectoral approaches at local level to influence government investments in children and forge new partnerships to reduce child vulnerabilities.

For Child Rights, this translates into reducing vulnerabilities faced by children and families left behind by recent economic gains, while work continues towards achievement of an inclusive Social Protection system relevant to Viet Nam’s lower middle-income status and to better realize basic human rights.

Finally, in the area of Public Finance for Children we are helping ensure public investments are appropriately targeted at children, so every girl and boy has the opportunity to reach its full potential.

Resources

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UNICEF Viet Nam
Viet Nam's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (‪#MICS2014) launched today in Ha Noi, highlights an unfinished agenda in the lives and well-being of vulnerable children and women while capturing some of the country's progress toward achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MICS survey was carried out by the General Statistics Office (GSO) in close collaboration with various line ministries and with technical and financial support from UNICEF. For more information: http://goo.gl/vTTKik
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UNICEF Viet Nam
Viet Nam has made impressive progress in the realisation of women’s and children’s rights. One of the key guiding principles for its development is the Socio-economic Development Plan (SEDP) that promotes economic growth combined with the implementation of social advance, equality and improvement of life quality. However, there are still millions of Vietnamese children deprived of essential needs including education, health, water and sanitation, shelter, refrained child labour, leisure and social protection. Let’s follow the story of Tao, a Tay ethnic minority girl to see what policy makers could do to change the situations with their socio-economic development planning.
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UNICEF Viet Nam
Earthquakes, droughts, wild fires, epidemics, floods - we can't prevent natural hazards but if we are unprepared they can turn into disasters right before our eyes. At UNICEF we are working with children and their families as well as schools, communities and government to ensure children and their families are prepared.