Danida’s Board Approves Grant to Good Governance in Vietnam

Danida’s Board recently approved a grant of DKK 70 million (USD 12.7 mill.) to a programme for Good Governance that will assist Vietnamese provinces and institutions in implementing public administrative reforms and good governance initiatives.
The programme for Good Governance and Public Administrative Reform (PAR) aims to enhance good governance and administrative reforms at provincial and central levels. It has been developed through a close partnership between the Vietnamese and Danish institutions that will be involved in the implementation of the programme.
The programme is divided into two pillars, one involving support to the implementation of public administrative reforms at provincial level and the other involving support to complaints handling, democratic governance and human rights education at academic institutions.
Under the PAR pillar the programme will support the remote provinces of Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dak Nong in implementing reforms with a view to reducing bureaucracy, strengthening the capacity amongst public official employees, introducing modern management and improving the public service level.
The pillar on good governance will promote new partnerships between Vietnamese and Danish institutions, including the Vietnamese National Assembly, Vietnamese research institutions and universities, the Danish Parliament, the Danish Ombudsman’s Institution and the Danish Centre for Human Rights. Activities will centre on public petitions, the establishment of a Parliament-to-Parliament Partnership, an Academic Forum on Human Rights Education and of Human Rights Law Centres at two universities.
The programme will run from 2008 to 2011 and as other Danish programmes it will integrate cross cutting issues like gender and environment.

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