Project profile — Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment in Vietnam


CARE Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011116)
2021-03-29 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Vietnam (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (10.00%)
Media and free flow of information (15153) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (30.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Social/welfare services (16010) (10.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural development (31120) (30.00%)
• Industry: Agro-industries (32161) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the economic well-being of poor rural women, particularly ethnic minority (EM) women in Vietnam, by increasing women’s participation in income-generating activities and partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs) and local media to achieve national reach. CARE’s innovative approach addresses gender norms and power dynamics based on social approval/disapproval of one’s actions. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance for gender-responsive and inclusive governance with duty bearers, particularly village chiefs and communal officers; (2) organizing community events promoting gender equality, particularly by addressing unequal care burdens and gender-based violence; and (3) providing gender-responsive technical assistance on organizing production and sustainable, climate-smart agricultural practices to poor, rural and ethnic minorities, particularly women. This project supports 2,635 rural and EM women and men and expects to indirectly reach 4,340 households in the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Lai Chau. Specifically, it assists 1,550 rural and EM women to built their capacity to participate equitably in income-generating activities and exercise their economic rights. Approximately 1,400 of them are tea and ginger farmers. 150 women working in agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises participated through the identification of grassroots women-led social enterprises. Alongside the women, 1,085 rural and EM men (husbands and partners) also participated in activities, including selected training on agricultural production, gender-responsive dialogue, and dialogue with local authorities and community events.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) Enhanced promotion of economic rights for poor rural and ethnic minority women in Vietnam; and, 2) Increased participation by poor rural and ethnic minority women in paid economic activities

Results achieved 

Results achieved from April 2021 to September 30, 2021 include: (1) the initiation of important assessments and studies to inform the remainder of the project. These studies (unpaid care work, gender audit on commune-level rural infrastructures, baseline, gender-power analysis, environmental assessment and an assessment on livelihood options) completed their terms of reference, selected high-quality consultants and developed a research framework and protocol with the support and guidance of CARE. Due to the COVID-19 context and related restrictions, each study and assessment adjusted its methodologies accordingly, mainly opting for an online approach. More specifically, CARE conducted an environmental assessment to inform the environmental management strategy (EMS) for the project; a desk-based gender analysis was completed to inform the Gender Strategy. The main areas of inquiry included were: gendered division of labour and unpaid care work, household decision-making, control of productive assets, access to public spaces and services, claiming rights and meaningful participation in public decision-making, gender-based violence and resilience; and, it led on initiating the feasibility study on childcare options and on household time-saving appliances with the purpose of reducing the time and efforts on unpaid care work.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $636,048
Transaction Date Type Value
06-06-2024 Disbursement $118,628
06-06-2024 Disbursement $382,072
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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