Australia, UNDP Renew Partnership to Promote Public Governance in Vietnam

10:37:44 AM | 7/28/2020

Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently signed a funding agreement for Australia to make an additional contribution of AUD9.7 million over four years (2021-2025) to the ongoing program “Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index” (PAPI), implemented through UNDP in Vietnam.

PAPI is a policy monitoring tool that reflects citizen experiences with central through local governments in performing their governance, public administration and public service delivery functions. Since its debut in 2009, PAPI has collected the voices of 131,501 citizens (with 52% being women and 16% being ethnic minorities) who were randomly selected from across the country for face-to-face interviews.

Australia has been the main donor for PAPI since 2018. Thanks to this support, PAPI has continued to make substantial impact at various levels. All 63 provinces across Vietnam have organized PAPI diagnostic workshops to track how their local government agencies have been doing on governance and public administration. Nearly all provinces have issued resolutions, action plans or directives to directly respond to PAPI findings.

More importantly, PAPI helps Vietnam gauge how the country moves towards realizing its commitment to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, especially in the areas of democratic governance and inclusive institutions.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum