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Final Evaluation of the Project VIE022 "Promoting the rights of poor and disadvantaged older people in Vietnam"

VIE022 project "Promoting the rights of poor and disadvantaged OP in Vietnam" was implemented from 2009 to 2014 in four provinces in the North Central including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies (AP). Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) played a role as governing unit and a unit that directly implemented the project. Vietnam Association of the Elderly (VAE) and Center for Ageing Support and Community Development (CASCD) were partners that had responsibility for implementing activities in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. The HelpAge International (HAI) plays a role as technical assistance for the project.

The purpose of the project is to improve the life quality for the poor and disadvantaged OP in Vietnam. The specific objectives of the project are: i) To improve capacity for 320 Intergenerational Self-help Clubs (ISHCs), partners and local authorities to implement the coordinated programs/​​projects in order to integrate OP issues into policies and programs/projects; ii) To promote approach to community-based self-help, and to do advocacy to alleviate poverty, improve OP’s health and enhance their voice and their communities; iii) To provide data on OP and specific information on the impact of the programs/projects and policies related to OP in order to improve efficiency of policies’ impact. To achieve the proposed objectives, the project focused on implementing 6 activities groups: i) capacity building ; ii) poverty alleviation; iii) health care; iv) advocacy; v) community support ; vi) rights and benefits. These activities were carried out principally through ISHC model.

Final assessment of project was fulfilled to evaluate the results of the project in accordance with the proposed objectives and to consider the strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned during implementation. Then recommendations would be proposed, and evidence would be provided for policy makers to develop policies and programs in order to promote and enhance the role of OP in the future.

VWU selected Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS) as independent unit to conduct a final evaluation of Project VIE022.

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