Over more than 20 years in Vietnam, Pact has partnered with local communities to improve people’s health, boost livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment, and ensure better outcomes for the environment. Read more below. 

Over the past two decades, Vietnam has experienced tremendous economic and social change. Pact has worked to ensure that as the country develops, people who are challenged by poverty and marginalization are able to access the benefits.

Beginning in 2004, Pact worked to build the capacity of civil society organizations to reduce HIV infections in Vietnam with prevention, treatment and a supportive social and policy environment. In 2013, Pact introduced its award-winning WORTH program in Vietnam. WORTH helps women lift themselves and each other out of poverty with literacy training, community banking and microbusiness development, enabling members to become entrepreneurs, activists and effective leaders of change in their communities.

Recently, Pact’s work in Vietnam, and the wider southeast Asia region, has focused on the environment. Through USAID Green Invest Asia, Pact supported countries to achieve sustainable landscape-related climate mitigation goals as submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The project catalyzed private sector finance to upscale and drive investments in agriculture, forestry and other land use toward low-emission, profitable business models. 

Through the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Pact worked with governments in the Lower Mekong region to build capacity for managing the impacts of environmental change. The program supported planners and policymakers in the use of technical and conceptual tools to better understand how pressures on land and water resources are affecting local populations. 

Through the Mekong Connections project, Pact helped to build an engagement network of key stakeholders to foster transboundary collaboration and information-sharing among local voices on key policy challenges facing the Mekong region.



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