Dinh Kieu Nhung

The National Library of Vietnam 

Once Out of Reach, University Now Possible for Girls in Rural Vietnam

October 17, 2012


Last month, local headlines in Vietnam announced the government’s much-welcomed decision to earmark an additional $119 million (VND2.5 trillion) to assist with loans to low-income university students in the upcoming academic year. This is certainly good news, because despite Vietnam’s strong economic growth…

Vietnam 2009, Justin Mott/Getty Images for The Asia Foundation 2008 Annual Report 

Unlocking the Potential of Vietnam’s Libraries

September 7, 2011


Stories of Vietnam’s rapid development make headlines in local and international media regularly these days. In 1985, the average per-capita income in Vietnam was $130, making it one of the five poorest countries in the world. Now, with average incomes over $1,000, Vietnam’s highly literate population…


From Vietnam: Improving Internet Access, One Village at a Time

September 2, 2009


It took us much longer than expected to get to Ta Ca, a highland commune in Vietnam’s Nghe An province near the Lao border. Although it was a sunny afternoon, the narrow road from our hotel to our destination, Ta Ca’s Cultural Post Office (CPO), was riddled with potholes filled with slick mud that threatened to send us careening off the road at eac… Read more