Oxfam urges urgent change to ASEAN tax policies to defeat poverty and COVID-19

Oxfam urges urgent change to ASEAN tax policies to defeat poverty and COVID-19

Lan Mercado, regional director of Oxfam in Asia, points out three things that the regions should do to defeat poverty in the ASEAN.
Poverty tops concerns of Vietnamese citizens: 2019 PAPI Report

Poverty tops concerns of Vietnamese citizens: 2019 PAPI Report

Even before Vietnam became affected by COVID-19, poverty, economic growth and the environment were top concerns of citizens in the country, reveals the 2019 Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) Report released by the UNDP on April 28.
Persistent trade tensions risk worsening poverty: World Bank

Persistent trade tensions risk worsening poverty: World Bank

As global trade tensions persist, investments are put on hold and without that cash to boost economic growth, poverty could surge, the World Bank's chief economist warned Tuesday (Oct 9).
Plans afoot to curb poverty

Plans afoot to curb poverty

Together with the Southeast Asian region as a whole, Vietnam is placing rapid poverty reduction at the top of strong commitments to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, aided by several excellent gains made over the past few years. Phuong Hao reports.  
Mexico blocks caravan of 1,200 Central American migrants

Mexico blocks caravan of 1,200 Central American migrants

Authorities blocked a caravan of around 1,200 Central American migrants Wednesday (Jun 5) after they entered Mexico bound for the United States, as the government scrambled to dodge President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs over undocumented immigration.
Lai Chau supports sustainable poverty alleviation

Lai Chau supports sustainable poverty alleviation

The north-western mountainous province of Lai Chau has implemented various measures to boost local living standards in line with the provincial Party Committee’s resolution on sustainable poverty alleviation for 2016 – 2020.
Vietnam hailed for meeting development goals

Vietnam hailed for meeting development goals

Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria has hailed Vietnam as a success in meeting millennium development goals (MDGs) and taking new approaches to social cohesion and poverty reduction.
Poverty reduction on the back foot

Poverty reduction on the back foot

Macro instability and external shocks have created new challenges to Vietnam’s poverty reduction achievements.
Cash cow for a poor province

Cash cow for a poor province

‘All the development plans of communes have to be based on the demands of locals’
UN urges renewed effort on MDGs

UN urges renewed effort on MDGs

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam John Hendra provides VIR with his insights on the country’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
World Bank pledges continued support

World Bank pledges continued support

With Vietnam on its way to becoming the next big emerging economy in the region, the choices made today will determine exactly how the country builds on its already considerable achievements. World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa takes a look at the challenges ahead.
Fight against poverty not yet over

Fight against poverty not yet over

Despite Vietnam’s laudable achievements on poverty reduction in the period 2005-2010, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Asian countries lead development progress over 40 years, UNDP report

Asian countries lead development progress over 40 years, UNDP report

The 20th anniversary edition of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report, launched yesterday in a ceremony with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, spotlights countries that made the greatest progress in recent decades as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI), with China, Nepal, Indonesia, Laos and Republic of Korea all making the report’s “Top 10 Movers” list.
No time to take MDGs for granted

No time to take MDGs for granted

Vietnam has achieved important milestones on the road to implementing the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and it is committed to achieving them by 2015, despite big challenges.
Moving in the right direction

Moving in the right direction

Vietnam has made impressive progress in poverty reduction over the last decade, but there is still work to be done. With the country well on its way to achieving its anti-poverty targets, the government has stressed the need for disadvantaged people to have a greater say in how funds are allocated and used. Hoang Mai reports on two new programmes designed to do just that.
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