The Vietnam Business Challenge Fund (VBCF) is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by Netherlands Development Organisation SNV, which is a specialized fund designed to support the private sector in Vietnam to develop innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and development benefits for poor people including job creation, income improvements and more affordable goods and services. In detail, VBCF will offer support for Inclusive Business proposals across three areas including agriculture, low-carbon growth and infrastructure. These have been identified as the areas in which private sector investment can deliver major impacts on poverty reduction and respond to development challenges in Vietnam, while also producing good returns on investment.

Since September 2013, VIETSURVEY research team has been selected to conduct baseline survey for 25 Inclusive Business (IB) projects supported by VBCF. The survey focuses on collecting the current value of indicators at impacts/outcomes and outputs levels at the beginning of the Implementation phase. The baseline will serve as basic for setting target for each indicator and offer recommendations for M&E activities and Knowledge Management. Based on the survey purposes and requirements, the research team has designed a comprehensive toolkit for mass survey and qualitative research over enterprises’ staff and project beneficiaries which is pretested and employed for the data collection in the field at district, commune and household levels.

In October – November 2013, VIETSURVEY teams which are comprised of our key fellows, Nhat Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Tuan Bui, Hong Pham, An Chu, Viet Nguyen have conducted field surveys in An Giang, Long An, Lao Cai and Son La provinces where 3 IB projects will be implemented. Another research site will be visited in December 2013 and early 2014.


 

VIETSURVEY member is visiting a “Tan” (Plectranthus Amboinicus) field in project VBCF – DHG Nature in Nui To commune, An Giang province.


H’Mong people is planting Actiso in the project VBCF – Traphaco Sapa in Son La province


 

VIETSURVEY team members are discussing with medical herb expert-Dinh Van My
on Duong Quy and Actiso cultivation in Son La province (project VBCF – Traphaco Sapa)

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