Oxfam Country office Vietnam

Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilizes the strength and voice of people against poverty, inequality and injustice.

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.

We are an international confederation of 18 Oxfam organisations working together in more than 90 countries. Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end injustices.

All Oxfam’s work is framed by our commitment to five broad rights-based aims:

The right to a sustainable livelihood
The right to basic social services
The right to life and security
The right to be heard
The right to an identity

Oxfam in Vietnam

Oxfam’s first activities in Vietnam took place in 1955, when we provided humanitarian assistance. Since the late 1980s we have implemented a number of development projects across Vietnam aimed at reducing poverty. After Vietnam reached the lower-middle income benchmark in 2010, the needs of the poorest and most marginalised groups in society remain high; Oxfam’s country strategy has shifted accordingly to addressing inequality. We seek transformative changes in policies, practices and beliefs in ways that will fundamentally improve the lives of poor and marginalised women and men, and ensure that all citizens have the same opportunity to enjoy their rights.

Oxfam’s Vietnam country strategy (Vietnam OCS 2015-2019.pdf) contributes to shaping the debate on extreme inequality in Vietnam and globally. We seek to change the current narrative that inequality is acceptable and inevitable. We work in partnership with government, civil society, businesses, communities, media, research institutions and think tanks to influence policy and practices aiming at reversing economic, gender and social inequalities. 

Location

22 Le Dai Hanh, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam
VN

Oxfam Country office Vietnam Resources

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Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2016

During revolution and national unification, Vietnamese government nationalized agricultural and forest land throughout the country. While agricultural land was de-collectivized in the Doi moi reforms since mid-1980s, the majority of forest and forest land has continued to be managed by state enterprises. For members of Vietnam’s 53 recognized ethnic minority groups, the formation of state-owned forest enterprises (SFEs) has meant the end of customary tenure arrangements, leading to exclusion from traditional lands used for agriculture, hunting, and collection of non-timber forest products.