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ActionAid Vietnam announces new targets for local operations in 2024-2028
Huy Anh - Ngoc Chau 19:30, 2024/04/09
The forthcoming operations over the next four years would aim to create sustainable livelihoods for the Vietnamese people.

ActionAid International in Vietnam (AAV) announced on April 8 its activities for 2024-2028, the seventh period of cooperation with Vietnam.

Hoang Phuong Thao, Country Director for ActionAid Vietnamm (5th from left) and Ta Viet Anh, Chairman of the Aid for Social Protection Program Foundation Vietnam (5th from right) at the 2024 Annual Partnership Meeting on April 8. Photo: ActionAid in Vietnam

At the organisztion's 2024 Annual Partnership Meeting (APM), AAV presented its ideas for promoting digital transformation in education and making the best use of local resources to train a skilled workforce.

It will also focus on gender equality, providing better public health services and enhancing healthcare for the disadvantaged in rural and ethnic areas.

According to Country Director for ActionAid Vietnam Hoang Phuong Thao, AAV aims to build the capacity and resilience of Vietnamese people, especially those at risk of being left behind, through community-based solutions.

AAV will also contribute to Vietnam's development of a society that can adapt to climate change and withstand natural disasters for a sustainable future, she said.

"AAV will run three action programs between now and 2028 to develop at least 100 community-based solutions to help Vietnamese people earn a living and adapt to climate change," Thao said.

Through the schemes, Vietnam aims to develop sustainable agriculture within a circular economy, increase the use of renewable energy, improve waste management and develop forest areas to reduce and absorb greenhouse gas emissions.

AAV will also support locals in adopting water-efficient farming practices and encouraging young people to accelerate the use of digital solutions to build a clean, green and healthy future for the Vietnamese.

Jagat Patnaik, ActionAid International's Regional Director for Asia, said that AAV's mission and goals were very much in line with ActionAid International's priorities.

He also appreciated AAV's efforts in identifying and pursuing the goals.

“Silent contributions 2024” media contest gets underway

ActionAid Vietnam, Economic and Urban Newspaper, and the Aid for Social Protection Program Foundation Vietnam on March 23 announced the beginning of the annual media contest to recognize quiet actions that contribute to the socio-economic development of the city.

Titled "Silent Contributions 2024", the contest collects and delivers typical stories about typical people and social issues in the capital city. After three editions, the contest now becomes an important annual event where the stories of Hanoi's people, businesses, and organizations are told from different angles.

Hundreds of writings and multimedia products have been submitted to the contest, highlighting the efforts of women workers with disabilities to strive for a better life, and revealing the harsh conditions under which women in Hanoi have to work.

According to the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Thanh Loi, the contest will help the disadvantaged gain a better knowledge of the law and follow through with difficulties to achieve success. Young people are expected to partake in producing digital media to help better protect the rights of female workers.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, AFV Chairman Ta Viet Anh said the three parties are highly committed to supporting local workers, employers, communities and government agencies to raise awareness about the challenges facing the formal and informal economy.

"Through the media contest, we hope to raise public awareness about ensuring labor rights, developing a safe and sustainable society, providing further support to the underprivileged, and reaching out to other journalists who share similar concerns," Anh said.

The prizes for this year's contest will increase by VND40 million (US$1,610) from last year's. There will be prizes for both professional and non-professional writers.

For professional writers, there will be 22 individual prizes and one collective prize worth a total of VND135 million (US$5,440). For non-professional writers, twelve individual awards and one collective award worth a total of VND100 million ($4,034) will be presented.

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