[SURVEY REPORT] Vietnamese CSOs’ self-development 2016

Dear readers,

Action for CSO Development Alliance – Vietnam (CSA Vietnam) and the Research Centre for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) are pleased to present you with the Survey Report of Self-development of Vietnamese Civil Social Organizations in 2015. Self-development refers to the competency of self-capacity including building and advancing of an organization to develop effectively, taking advantage of opportunities to develop, narrowing down the competency gaps and overcoming challenges. With civil society organizations (CSOs), self-development is regarded as an essential for building a real CSOs sector that meets the four “self-blocs” of CSOs including self-activeness (voluntary), self-governance, self-finance, and self-responsibility. It makes CSOs fulfill its role as a development partner that contributes to the socio-economic development of the country. In Vietnam, there has not been a professional or official survey on the role of CSOs and its self-development. Therefore, a quick assessment on CSO Selfdevelopment (CSD) was designed to pilot the assessment tool and present evidences of self-reliance and self-development of CSOs sector in Vietnam. CSD is expected to provide baseline for a professional assessment in order to position CSOs roles and contributions to the socio-economic development of the country. This baseline and assessment is extra essential while the Law on Association is drafting. The CSD assessment is assigned to the Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) by the Action for CSO Development Alliance Vietnam (CSA Vietnam) within the program “Inspiring CSOs culture on transparency and accountability” (Inspiring CSOs). On behalf of CSA Vietnam and MSD, I would like express our sincere thanks to the consultant of the project, Pro. Dr. Pham Bich San – Chairman of the Institute of Research and Consulting Developments (RCD), the former Deputy General Secretary of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations and Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Lam – Chairman of MSD, former Director of the Department of Non-governmental organizations, the Ministry of Home Affairs who have technically supported this survey and reporting process. I would like to thank the expert team of 10 experts from the State agencies, the committee of drafting Law of Associations, the National Assembly, the Fatherland Front, Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, experts from CSOs, etc. for supporting the survey. I also would like express my appreciation to leaders of 65 social organizations that participated in the online survey and 70 representatives of CSOs from 30 regions throughout the country contributed to the draft project report. I sincerely thank Irish Aid that supported the project both the financially and technically. Finally, I would like to thank the members of MSD and RCD, especially Ms. Hoang Thu Trang (MSD) and Ms. Bui Hai Yen (RCD) who were extremely active with the questioning, data processing and other necessary work to undertake the project successfully the first year.

Best regards,
LINH PHUONG NGUYEN

National Coordinator of CSA Vietnam
MSD Director

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