Vietnam recognises 54 ethnic groups, although approximately 87% of the population belong to the dominant Kinh ethnic group. Most ethnic minority people live in rural, mountainous areas and make up a large proportion of the extreme poor in the country (Ironside, 2017; USAID, 2013). Read More
Over the past two decades there have been major changes in land use in Vietnam. The country’s economy is in a transition phase with a series of restructuring processes, re-arranging the scale and mode of production. The process of urbanization and industrialization requires changes to land use and the redistribution of land use rights.
There have been many conflicts involving land, often because local people do not agree with the compensation provided by state agencies for their land. One of the reasons is that the state agencies do not consult communities and they do not provide information in a timely manner. Read More
Last week CIRD participated in a mid-term reflection and strategy workshop for the project ‘Co-operation in Providing information, Critique and Appraisal of the Draft Vietnamese Forestry Law.’ The workshop was held by the Mekong Region Land Governance Project (MRLG) which supports the project through the MRLG Innovation Fund. Read More
This week the Mekong Region Land Governance hosted the Regional Workshop on Responsible Large-Scale Agriculture Investment in Vientiane, Laos. The workshop explored the challenges of large-scale agricultural investments and proposed alternative approaches which support sustainable and pro-poor development, as well as economic growth. Read More
Last week Vietnam hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in Da Nang. Oxfam published a new report, Redefining inclusive growth in Asia: How APEC can achieve an economy that leaves no one behind to coincide with the discussions at APEC. Read More