Social Policy and Governance
A fair chance for every child.
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.
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.
In prioritizing specific areas of need, UNICEF works to strengthen evidence-based policymaking and demonstrate the effectiveness of cross-sectoral approaches at local level to support 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.