Role of Person-to-Person Diplomacy in Eliminating Poverty and Advancing Socioeconomic Growth

The Committee for Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations has reported that upwards of 429 projects, emergency aid initiatives, and one-time charitable dispatches have been supported and carried out by 45 Unions of Friendship Organizations over the course of 2020-2022, utilizing a budget of approx. USD 15 million. These undertakings have been instrumental in aiding local anti-poverty initiatives and driving socio-economic progress.

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In the first six months of 2023, Quang Nam received 44 aid grants with a total value of VND 100 billion, representing an increase of 17 grants compared to 2022.

This information was presented by Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, and President of Quang Nam Union of Friendship Organizations at the 2023 National Conference on People-to-people Diplomacy held in Binh Dinh.

Tran Anh Tuan also highlighted the active and flexible advocacy methods, well-organized aid mobilization activities, and successful implementation of projects/non-projects by the Quang Nam Union of Friendship Organizations to meet the set requirements.

People-to-people Diplomacy Contributes to Local Poverty Eradication and Socio-economic Development
World Vision Vietnam supports people in Ca Lai village, Ca Dy commune, Nam Giang district, Quang Nam province to access clean water. (Photo: World Vision Vietnam)

“Currently, the Quang Nam Union of Friendship Organizations is continuing to apply for approval of programs, projects/non-projects of foreign NGOs committed to sponsoring Quang Nam in the upcoming months, with a total value of over VND 7.3 billion. The aid mainly focuses on practical needs such as scholarships, bicycles for students, clean water, school construction, healthcare, disaster prevention, and improving the lives of people in Quang Nam to contribute to the province’s social security efforts,” added Tran Anh Tuan.

Sharing experiences on local cooperation, Le Cu – Vice Chairman of Dak Lak Union of Friendship Organizations, emphasized the comprehensive cooperation between Dak Lak (Vietnam) and Mondulkiri (Cambodia) in foreign affairs, security, defense, and socio-economy. This relationship contributes to strengthening and promoting the solid solidarity between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as supporting the successful implementation of the Party and State’s foreign policy.

Notably, Dak Lak has made economic investments in Mondulkiri, including the development of hundreds of hectares of rubber trees, resulting in economic efficiency and job creation for local workers. Vietnamese businesses have also contributed to the construction of roads, schools, medical stations, and markets in Cambodia, enhancing social security and improving people’s lives.

People-to-people Diplomacy Contributes to Local Poverty Eradication and Socio-economic Development
Le Cu – Vice President of Dak Lak Union of Friendship Organizations spoke at the Conference. (Photo: Thu Ha)

Du Van Quang, Deputy Director of Phu Tho Department of Foreign Affairs and President of Phu Tho Union of Friendship Organizations, shared that they have successfully implemented the “Supporting the Educational Environment” project for five years with a total value of US $450,000 sponsored by KFHI. Phu Tho Union has also collaborated with foreign NGOs to provide hand sanitizer, protective suits, and medical masks, as well as financial support for various projects in Phu Tho.

Moving forward, Phu Tho Union of Friendship Organizations will continue to seek and mobilize foreign NGOs that align with the province’s needs, particularly those focused on disadvantaged groups such as orphans, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those facing extreme difficulties.

At the 2023 National Conference on People-to-people Diplomacy in Binh Dinh, Phan Anh Son, Vice President – General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, reported that there are currently 421 foreign NGOs operating regularly in Vietnam, with an average total aid disbursement of US $228.3 million per year. These grants prioritize areas such as healthcare, socio-economic development, solving social problems, education, training, and climate change response.

According to the People’s Aid Coordination Committee (PACCOM), a unit of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, many local Unions of Friendship Organizations have closely collaborated on the development and implementation of foreign non-governmental projects. These local Unions have acted as focal points to receive and coordinate emergency aid, achieving positive results.

From 2020 to 2022, 45 local Unions of Friendship Organizations directly participated in implementing 429 long-term projects, emergency aid activities, and one-time charity shipments, with a total disbursed budget of about US $15 million. Although most of these programs and projects are small and medium-sized with charitable and humanitarian objectives, the participation of local Unions has demonstrated their proactive spirit and contributed to improving the professional qualifications and project implementation skills of their staff, reinforcing the role of Unions in relations, advocacy, and monitoring efforts.

VNT writers