In the early 2000s, Vietnam went from being one of the world’s most successful emerging economies to a country beset by high inflation, a real estate-induced banking crisis, and an economy burdened by mismanaged state-owned enterprises. Recently it has begun to emerge from these conditions, fueled in large part by new investments in manufacturing, continued rapid urbanization, and internal migration. Our office in Hanoi is responding with programs that promote effective governance, facilitate economic dialogue, address environmental and climate change challenges, encourage private sector development, and empower women and vulnerable populations.

Workshop on Women’s Political Participation

The Asia Foundation and the Vietnam Women’s Union held a workshop on empowering women to participate in the political process across the Asia-Pacific region. More than 70 Representatives from the National Assembly of Vietnam, relevant government agencies, political party, international organizations, gender-focused organizations and researchers from Vietnam and other countries in the Asia-Pacific gathered in Hanoi to discuss initiatives and solutions to encourage more women to work in politics and political governing bodies.

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