UNDP in the News

  • UN survey queries Vietnamese about corruption

    Many people in Vietnam consider bribery to be a systemic problem. But a new survey by the United Nations and the Vietnamese government aims to give ordinary citizens a means to voice their experience with corruption so authorities can do something about it.

  • Petty graft pervades society

    The domestic media often grapples over major corruption cases that deal with huge amounts of money and involve high-ranking officials, such as the PMU 18 scandal. While such headline-grabbing stories must be reported, petty corruption has not received the same level of attention compared to the "big fish".

  • Vietnam's Move to Publish Earnings Hailed

    Mired by mismanagement and debt, Mired by mismanagement and debt, state-owned enterprises are the bane of the Vietnamese economy. But a recent move to publicize earnings is being hailed as a revolutionary step towards reform.

  • Old growth model may not work for VN: Economic Policy Expert

    Dr. Michaela Prokop, Policy Advisor in Economics under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam, shared her personal observations on the local economy with Tuoi Tre.

  • Vietnam continues with very active role within UN

    VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam continues to play a very active role within the United Nations, Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam has said in a recent exclusive interview with the Vietnam News Agency.

  • Recognise the strength of women and girls in reducing disaster risks

    October 13 marks the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction and the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management. Across Vietnam and around the world, events are being held to raise awareness of the need to reduce the risks disasters pose and create safe communities, cities and countries.

  • Hydropower lucre hides major fault lines

    The controversy over the flawed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for the Song Tranh Dam, now blamed for causing many tremors and quakes in the central province of Quang Nam since last November, has exposed major problems in the assessment and approval process of such projects.

  • Efficient lights brighten prospects in climate-threatened Vietnam

    Until recently, when teacher Nguyen Thi Thu Ha wrote something on the blackboard of her dimly lit classroom, her students would immediately consult their classmates to see if anyone could read it. “They used to have to turn to their neighbour and ask, ‘What is it?’” remembers the fourth grade teacher, who battled to keep noise levels down.

  • Confab discusses disaster readiness

    Viet Nam needs a more comprehensive legal framework on natural disaster risk management, a conference heard yesterday. Speaking at the launch in Ha Noi of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Programme's deputy country director Barnaby Jones said that disasters, such as the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and floods in Pakistan, had continued to affect the lives of millions of people around the world.

  • Report indicates widening income gap

    The gap between Viet Nam's rich and poor widened 9.2 times last year, according to recent General Statistics Office data. The agency's 2010 Survey on Household Living Conditions reported that the personal average income among the rich came to VND3.4 million ($US165) while the number was VND369,000 ($18) among the poor.

Contact UNDP in Viet Nam
Nguyen Viet Lan, Communications Officer 84 4 3822 4383 ext.121
Phan Huong Giang, Communications Officer 84 4 3822 4383 ext.119