Dear readers,

You are holding a precious book in your hand – “CSO partnership – Value-added & Inspiring Models”. This book describes typical stories of 10 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in building partnerships with other CSOs, State agencies, Enterprises to increase the values and impact of their products/social services that is devoted to community, therefore contributing to socio-economic growth of our country.

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In the compilation of this book, we – the Editors, are very delighted to receive a lot of ideas, grants that contribute to the book’s content – which are of CSOs’ great efforts. They are models that clearly reflect the spirit of independence, self-reliance and self-control of CSOs to increase operation efficiency, supply effective and sustainable social services and bring about long-term values, which benefit the stakeholders and community beyond the scope of a single program or project. These models also clearly affirm the importance of our partnership for prosperity and sustainable development in the spirit of Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC). The role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) is promoted to attain a key partnership in binding other partnerships for development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the 17th Goal devoted to developing partnerships of transparency, accountability and sustainable development.

The 10 partnership models in this book are not the only initiatives of these organizations, and not only the typical models of CSOs in Viet Nam. There are lots of models that not only bilateral cooperation but also multilateral cooperation, which received recognition but haven’t been mentioned in this casebook. We hope that this book will be the first step in honoring and will become an inspiration for the development effectiveness partnerships with CSOs. We hope that Inspiring CSOs programe in the coming years will continue to foster the path of inspiring and promoting CSOs’ partnership initiatives.

On behalf of the organizer of Inspiring CSOs 2017 and the editor of this book, I would like to send our sincere thanks to all the participating organizations. We hope that these organizations will continuously develop better partnerships, spread the spirit and social values to their partners as well as strengthen the positions and roles of CSOs in development.

I would like to thank Irish Aid for funding the Inspiring CSOs 2017. Finally, I would like to thank our colleagues and trainees in MSD, who were always creative, enthusiastic and inspiring the programme.

I hope that readers will receive this book with rejoicement and pride in what CSOs have been, and will be, doing to foster partnerships for development effectiveness, contributing to national development.

Best regards,
M.A. Nguyen Phuong Linh
Executive Reader of MSD