Decent Work Country Programme review: Viet Nam 2012-16

This is a review of the ILO's second Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Viet Nam, for the period 2012-16. The DWCP specified three country priorities – focused on employment, social protection and governance – with six outcomes, and 27 targets.

The review's focus is the targets designated in the DWCP, drawing generalized lessons from the stories of progress in each to reach conclusions with respect to the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria. A qualitative approach using criteria-linked semi-structured questions and attribution questioning was used to counterpoint effects of a strong target mind-set evident both in the DWCP generally, and specifically in earlier progress reporting on outcomes. Main findings on target achievement are summarized in respect of outcomes' indicator sets and outcomes and OECD/DAC criteria. Out of the original 27 targets, 13 were fully achieved, seven were partially achieved, and there was no result in seven. The very precise character of most of the targets yielded an observation that there were unique "stories" explaining the achievement – or otherwise – of each relative to ILO cooperation. In sum, it is concluded that priorities and outcomes identified in the DWCP were for the most part relevant to beneficiary needs and the ILO-supported activities have been effective in progressing towards outcomes and realizing indicators identified. Other conclusions and recommendations for the CO Hanoi and constituents are made.