Survey Report: Civil Society Organisations’ roles and contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Dear our readers,

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth these are one and the same fight…”, said Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary – General of the United Nations (2007 – 2016). The 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been spreading a hope for a process where 3 pillars of development, namely the State, Businesses, and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) synergize for changes and achievements of SDGs by 2030. So, it can be said that CSOs have been playing an important role in achieving SDGs.

Research Center of Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) would like to introduce to you a Report “Civil Society Organisations’ roles and contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goals”, which is considered a proof for CSOs serving as professional and trustworthy partners in partnerships with the State and Private sector for development.

(Download the Report here)

Carrying out the survey, MSD and our consultants took chances to offer training courses for and interview representatives from CSOs regarding their roles in achieving SDGs. Among more than 100 representatives from CSOs nationwide, many of them said: “We do not get to know what SDGs are. However, we everyday make our best effort in accordance with our mission to support the local people with poverty elimination, clean technology without pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture and environment protection. We have been working for clean seas, protecting the local people’s livelihood, coral reefs, historical sites and better air in the urban areas. It’s us, CSOs, who have been in cooperation with State Agencies and Businesses for mine clearance, supporting people with disabilities, bridge and school construction, literacy and life skill improvement, vocational training and job creation for vulnerable youth. We also make our best effort to protect children from violence, child sexual abuse, discrimination. We have taken actions to protect women from harassment at workplace and domestic violence, etc.”. I would like to affirm that whether CSOs get to know SDGs or not, they have been making proactive contribution to achieving 17 SDGs, and many of them have had contribution to more than one goal or many goals at the same time.

Although this survey cannot deliver a vivid picture where thousands of CSOs nationwide share their own features, we hope it can give you different perspectives, stories and CSOs’ inspiring models as proof for Vietnamese CSOs’ roles and contribution across the country to 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It has also proved the promotion for the recognition of Vietnamese CSOs’ roles and effort.

To have this survey report completed, MSD would like to thank Mr. Nguyen Toan Thinh and Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Lam and financial support from United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), other UN Agencies, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), development partners, experts, and especially CSOs as our survey respondents.

It is unavoidable for mistakes and limits made. We hope to get your feedback and comments to have it done better.


Linh Phuong Nguyen
Director of MSD