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Non-governmental organisations active in social welfare

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been very active in social welfare projects across Vietnam, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung at a conference in Hanoi on December 19 to promote cooperation with NGOs in this field.

He said over the years, the Government has exerted every effort to build a legal system and policies on social welfare and gained remarkable achievements in job generation, vocational training and sustainable poverty reduction.

The accomplishments were significantly contributed to by NGOs through cooperation activities and projects to support people and the provision of technical assistance in building and carrying out related policies, the official said.

This has not only supported people from disadvantaged backgrounds but also strengthened the friendship between Vietnam and other countries, he confirmed, adding that with a new approach in building and implementing policies, NGOs have created innovative and flexible models to ensure social welfare for citizens.

The Deputy Minister suggested devising coordination mechanisms with the organisations to ensure social welfare.

Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong said NGOs have carried out social welfare activities in all fields, focusing on Vietnam’s priorities such as healthcare, education, agriculture and rural development and the settlement of social matters.

For the labour, invalids and social sector, NGOs have provided aid to support children, people with disabilities, elderly people, war victims and Agent Orange/dioxin victims, Phong noted.

He hoped NGOs would continue working with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to address social issues in Vietnam.

VUFO will coordinate with the ministry and local authorities to ensure effective links with NGOs in this field, Phong affirmed.