Report from National Coordinator in Vietnam

Preparing for the Final Conference

reported in July 2012

Now that the monitoring of the pilot cities is finished, the thoughts of the DELGOSEA Vietnam team turned to preparations for the final conference, taking place in Bangkok in early August. The pilot cities very busy preparing their stalls for the market place session, displaying their project results and achievements, and the national coordinator was supervising their progress, happy to assist wherever necessary. Travel arrangements had to be made for all Vietnamese delegates; the office was pleased to see that a large group representing best practice and pilot cities as well as LGAs and CSOs was planning to attend.

During a meeting with ACVN representatives, the final conference was further discussed as well as the reporting requirements in the last few months of the project’s implementation time. There are also plans to meet with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and other ministries, continuing with the lobbying and advocacy activities to ensure continuing support for the pilot cities and their replications projects.

The End of the Monitoring Phase

reported in June 2012

In June, it was the turn of Tra Vinh and Danang to receive their last monitoring visits – an important occasion for both cities and the Vietnam DELGOSEA team.

In Danang, a delegation consisting of the national coordinator, the secretary general of Vietnam’s local government association, ACVN, as well as the city’s coach, spent one day in early June to evaluate the progress of the project from the beginning. The monitoring team looked at impact and main achievements – in what way did the development of tourism initiatives actually helped the people in Danang? Searching questions were also asked regarding the long-term benefits for the local population and the future of the project: Which follow up actions should be carried out and how will the city continue replicating the best practice and the planned activities until the end of 2012. Despite some delays in implementation, the project can already show some success and the city’s taskforce is determined to continue with its efforts.

A similar programme had been organised for the monitoring team in Tra Vinh from 7th to 8th of June. Here the city government had embarked on an ambitious plan to introduce e-government, making it easier and less time-consuming for local people to deal with administrative issues. So far, more than 200 new procedures as well as forms and documents can be downloaded – a new service that is much appreciated by the local population. Again, the monitoring team was especially concerned with questions of sustainability and future progress, advising the city’s task force how to proceed.

The Final Monitoring Visit for Vinh City

reported in May 2012

It was a big moment for the task force of Vinh City – on 23 May 2012 the last monitoring visit took place in the town. During the one-day meeting with the city’s coach, representatives of ACVN, the Local Government Association of Vietnam, and of the DELGOSEA Vietnam team, the project was discussed in its entirety. The overall progress was evaluated, starting from the beginnings more than a year ago until the most recent activities and results. The main achievements were recorded, benefits for the local population identified and the impact on living conditions described. Most helpful was the session looking at sustainability and follow-up actions, since the city firmly plans to continue its best practice replication activities.

Apart from that, it was a quiet month for the DELGOSEA team who was glad to get a chance to catch up on reporting duties after the national and regional workshop and find time for meetings with ACVN leaders to discuss the plans for final monitoring in Danang and Tra Vinh.

Preparing the National Workshop on Policy Recommendation

reported in April 2012

After an impressive round of diligent monitoring visits in the last few months, the DELGOSEA Vietnam team took a break from monitoring duty. Instead the team concentrated on preparations for the national workshop to finalise the policy recommendations for improving national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance. This workshop took place at the end of April in Hanoi.

Various meetings were conducted to ensure that everything was in place for a successful workshop: on 9 April, leaders of ACVN, the local government association of Vietnam, got together with the DELGOSEA project coordinator and other staff members to discuss not just the national, but also the upcoming regional workshop in Phnom Penh as well as the reporting of project activities in March. This was followed by a meeting with ACVN staff just before the national workshop took place to ensure that all the details for carrying out the workshop successfully were in place and to assign responsibilities for tasks during the event.

A talk with the task force responsible for activities in the pilot cities rounded off the conference preparations. Last but not least, the DELGOSEA project manager, who was in Hanoi to attend the workshop, was briefed on the latest development. The monitoring requirements for the next few months were also discussed.

The workshop itself, which took place on 27 April was a great success. The delegates wre looking at issues of sustainability and policy recommendations to ensure that the results and lessons learnt from the DELGOSEA project would not be lost. The emphasis was on fine-tuning the already existing drafts for policy recommendations to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance. Many ideas emerged and these will be brought into the discussion at the regional workshop taking place in Cambodia in early May.

Focusing on Progress in the Pilot Cities

reported in March 2012

The DELGOSEA Vietnam team continues to keep a close eye on the replication process of the pilot cities - each of them received a monitoring visit in March to discuss open questions and to ensure that they are on course to reach their individual objectives in good time.

The round of meetings began on 8 - 9 March in Danang. For this city it was the first official monitoring visit, as there had been a slight delay in starting with the implementation of activities. The city’s coach was pleased, however, to note that pilot activities in Bach Dang Street had begun and that the city was keeping to the timetable agreed in the logframe.

Next on the list was Tra Vinh (23 – 24 March), where the local coach made what is by now quite a routine visit to ensure that there were no problems and that the city continued to follow its personalised activity plan. The introduction of e-government is progressing smoothly and according to schedule. The focus this month was on in-depth interviews with some of the key people involved, as well as on taking pictures and collecting quotes and stories for the documentation of the replication process.

Finally, the coach travelled to Vinh City on 28 March, where the Eco-savers are going from strength to strength and where the city’s task force was keen to discuss input into the 2nd national workshop that will take place in April in Hanoi. The city also hosted a delegation from Hatinh province eager to learn more about the Eco-savers approach to recycling and keen to start replicating the project in their schools.

The national workshop in Hanoi was also the main topic of discussion at the regular monthly meeting with ACVN leaders that took place on 9 March in the DELGOSEA project office. Also on the agenda were the reporting activities in February and the work plan from March to May 2012.

Returning to Monitoring

reported in February 2012

Both Vinh City and Tra Vinh City received their third monitoring visit in February, with the DELGOSEA monitoring team keen to see the progress these two cities made since their last meeting in December. In talks with the cities task forces the respective logical frameworks were discussed, progress was measured against the detailed three month plan which had been drawn up jointly at the last meeting and outstanding queries and questions were solved. Interviews with some of the key people involved in the best practice replications and the taking off pictures for the project documentation rounded off the trips. The highlight for the monitors in Vinh City was the opportunity to watch some eco-savers in action and to present an award for best collection of recyclable material to one of the participating schools.

In Danang, a so-called 'working visit' by the DELGOSEA coordinator and the secretary general of AVCN took place on 17 February to discuss plans to welcome delegates from Thailand University and to carry out pilot activities in Bach Dang Street.

Of course, the coordination team and the coaches had internal meetings to discuss all these activities and to confirm that all the three pilot cities are on course to successfully complete their projects. Particular attention was paid to ensuring that the preparations for the second national conference were running smoothly.

Catching up on Reporting

reported in January 2012

January was a quiet month for the DELGOSEA team in Vietnam – a chance to catch up with some necessary end of year reporting and other administrative tasks! The tone was set by a meeting with ACVN leaders on 13 January, which focused on the reporting activities, the work plan for the next two months as well as the monitoring planning. The following weeks the team was busy with completing the monitoring reports of TraVinh and Vinh, the two cities that had been visited in December. The internal interim report also needed compiling, together with the finance report. Finally, the report on the capacity building exercises in Danang, Tra Vinh and Vinh was also finished. After all this paperwork, the team is looking forward to being on the road again, making more monitoring trips in February.

Monitoring is Continuing at Full Speed

reported in December 2011

The DELGOSEA team in Vietnam is keen to keep to its monitoring schedule – both Vinh City and TraVinh City received already their second monitoring visit this month!

From 23 – 24 December, the monitoring team, consisting of the city’s coach and the DELGOSEA project assistant, traveled to Vinh City for a follow-up to the first meeting in October. In the interval, Vinh City had dealt with the recommendations from that first visit and was ready for further talks on how to continue and improve its replication activities. The main points of the monitoring mission were to introduce even more experience from the Eco-Savers best practice and to provide some basic knowledge of solid waste management with community participation to one of the primary schools taking part in the project as well as carrying out some interviews with beneficiaries to establish how they felt about the project implementation. Finally, there were meetings with the task force of the city to discuss the work plan for the next three months. The team was happy with the results of the trip – all aims were achieved and the replication looks in good shape!

TraVinh City welcomed their monitoring team,consisting of the vice general secretary of ACVN, the DELGOSEA national coordinator and the city’s coach,from 28 – 29 December.Here the monitoring program focused on reviewing what had already been done over the last four months as well as fine-tuning the planning for the next three months. There was also a need to collect more baseline data and information sources for assessing the success of the project. The team was pleased to find that most activities were on schedule, with only two being slightly delayed, mainly due to a personnel problem, which can easily be solved. In TraVinh as well, interviews with some of the people involved in the replication were organized, which shed some light on the way the project was perceived, both from the point of view of the beneficiaries and the people in charge.

Of course, there were other activities going on in Vietnam apart from the monitoring: the national coordinator took part in the general DELGOSEA coordinating meeting in Manila where the group of national coordinators discussed reporting formats as well as the planning and budget for 2012. In Danang, the third pilot city, a meeting was convened with the vice chairman of Danang city to brief him about the purpose of the replication and the details of the best practice city of Phuket, Thailand. The vice chairman agreed to carry out some pilot activities in Danang, so the replication is getting off the ground here as well!

Focusing on Danang

reported in November 2011

At last, it was Danang’s turn to travel to the city whose best practice is being replicated: Phuket in Thailand. There, the restoration of an old town center had been carried out very successfully, increasing its attractiveness to tourists. From 13 – 16 November, a delegation consisting of seven representatives from various city departments, as well as members of the DELGOSEA Vietnam team and the city’s coach, visited their partner city. Their aim was to explore the methodology and approach of Phuket and to see how this could be translated to Danang. The participants also hoped to get a first-hand impression of the transformation of a city, which they had studied so closely from afar.

The group was not disappointed: after a warm welcome by Phuket city representatives, the visitors were given a brief introduction to the project, followed by a chance to see the revitalised area of Old Phuket for themselves. During meetings with community organizations and the tourism board, the delegates gained an understanding of how the city had approached the project and what their secret of success was. Clearly, community participation was the key concept, and it became obvious to the visitors that inspiring the local community would have to be a very important element of their own planning for success.

The delegation left Phuket very satisfied with their experience, ready to start the implementation of their own plans and hoping for a return visit from their friends and partners in Phuket.

The trip was followed immediately by two training workshops in Danang, on 28 and 29 November, organized by the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) and the DELGOSEA team. On the first day, a group of 40 community representatives as well as district and council leaders, discussed how to increase community awareness of tourism development and shared their views on how best to proceed in Danang. On the second day, the workshop focused on how the model of Phuket could most effectively be replicated in Danang. The 60 participants, leaders of Danang city council and various departments, representatives of Hai Chau district, its wards, the tourist association, travel agencies as well as business and research institutions, conducted a SWOT analysis and looked at the benefits increased tourism awareness would bring to Danang.  A good preparation for the start of the actual project implementation!

The other two cities, Vinh and Tra Vinh had of course not been idle this month. In both cities follow-up meetings with the respective coaches took place to look at the results of the first monitoring visits and to see which changes to the activity plan were necessary in the light of these reports. Not many, it seems, since both cities are making good progress in their replications!

Keeping Track of the Implementation Progress

reported in October 2011

Now that the replications of best practices are in full swing, the carefully planned monitoring of the pilot cities’ implementation activities is starting, both in Vinh City and in Tra Vinh City, occupying DELGOSEA Vietnam in October.

One monitoring team, consisting of one of the project coaches and the project assistant, paid their first visit to Tra Vinh from 20 – 21 October 2011 for meetings with the task force of the city to finalise the logframe and look at risk mitigation. This was followed by a briefing session with the mayor to inform him about the project activities, with the view of gaining his continued support and commitment. An interview with the head of the city office to get his view on the replication process rounded off the trip. The team was happy with the progress they had seen so far in Tra Vinh City – the replication is on track!

Vinh City was welcoming their own monitoring team, which included the national coordinator and a different coach, from 25 – 26 October 2011. Of course, meeting the task force and the vice mayor to discuss project details formed part of the agenda, and observing the eco-saving activities as well as meeting staff in two primary schools were the highlights of the trip. To the delight of the monitors, it became obvious that the project was doing better than expected, having exceeded the planned volume of recycled waste in three schools.

Finally, on to Danang City, which is eager to catch up with its’ Vietnamese fellow cities. DELGOSEA Vietnam was having a meeting with the task force of the town from 6 -7 October 2011, to finalise the logframe, discuss training needs and prepare the study tour to Phuket.

Replications Are Beginning in Earnest

reported in September 2011 

After a good start had been made in Vinh City in August, it was the turn of Tra Vinh City in September to begin with the actual implementation of replication activities, carrying out both a community mobilisation workshop and three training courses.

Together with the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN), DELGOSEA Vietnam organised a workshop for 60 delegates from the city council and other organisations on 6 September 2011, with the aim of informing the residential community, professional associations and training institutions in Tra Vinh about the planned project and to secure their agreement to be part of it. The rationale was to collect ideas and recommendations from the participants and to introduce them to the concept of e-government in the municipality. The presentations were met with great enthusiasm and the DELGOSEA team is certain that the best practice implementation will be progressing quickly.

To further prepare the ground for a successful replication, ACVN and DELGOSEA carried out three short training courses in Tra Vinh City, with the objective of enhancing local competence in dealing with e-government. Participants came from the leadership of the People’s Council, the People’s Committee, various council departments and divisions as well as wards and communes. The best practice example from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was introduced in detail by experienced lecturers as well as by experts in the field of e-government and local governance. The participants were highly appreciative of the high quality and the effectiveness of the training sessions.

Meanwhile, Vinh City was moving ahead as well, with the official launch of the eco-savers programme on 18 September. To mark the occasion, the Vinh City’s People Committee had declared it a ‘ecology saving day’ for the three piloting elementary schools. The ceremony was well attended by representatives of the People’s Committee, departments, community organisations and wards in the city, as well as school representatives. The People Council of Vinh City highlighted the significance of the eco-savers programme for environmental protection; the students in turn promised to actively engage in the activities.

Last, but not least, the preparation of the Vietnamese delegation for the midterm conference in Batam kept the DELGOSEA team busy during this month – especially getting the materials for the market place session ready. Vietnam was very well represented at the midterm conference, sending 15 participants from LGAs, pilot cities, coaches and other organisations.

All Eyes on Vinh City

reported in August 2011

The replication of Marikina’s Eco-Savers best practice example from the Philippines in Vinh City was at the centre of the activities of DELGOSEA Vietnam in August. During several meetings in early August, both on the provincial and the local level, details of the implementation schedule were discussed. The People’s Committee of Nghe An province was very happy to pledge its support to the initiative, especially in terms of helping with human resources. In a meeting with representatives of Vinh City itself, the work-plan for the next three months was drawn up and issues of training courses and the midterm conference were discussed. Finally, at the end of the month, representatives of ACVN came together to discuss outstanding issues, such as the preparation of the midterm conference in Batam Indonesia, and the situation in Danang, one of the three pilot cities.

Since the discussed training courses were already planned for late August, there was also a meeting with the coaches on 9 August in preparation for the workshops which took place in Vinh City from 19 – 21 August. These training courses were offered for teachers, community leaders and staff of Vinh City’s People’s Committee who would all be actively involved in the waste collection and recycling pilot project. The best practice model of Marikina was presented in detail and experts outlined the practical details of waste separation. There was a lot of interest and enthusiasm, especially amongst the staff of the schools that were chosen to participate.

Focusing on the Mid-term Evaluation

reported in July 2011

As part of her monitoring mission, taking her to all the project countries, Dr. Marion Fischer, the evaluator of the EU-project, visited Tra Vinh City in July. After a preparatory meeting in Hanoi where the terms of references for the monitoring trips were agreed with the project staff of DELGOSEA Vietnam, the sites visit took place on 21 - 22 July. Accompanied by colleagues from the coordination team, Dr. Fischer had talks both with representatives of the Tra Vinh Provice People’s Committee and members of the departments who are responsible for the project implementation, i.e. the introduction of e-government.

Since Tra Vinh City has not yet started with the actual replication activities, Dr. Fischer’s input into the transfer concept and the action plan was much appreciated. The evaluator, in turn, showed herself impressed with the commitment of Tra Vinh to the concept of improving public services through e-government.

Preparing the Ground in Danang

reported in July 2011

The vision of revitalising the tourist streets area of Danang, based on the best practice example of Old Phuket, came a step closer to being realized when DELGOSEA Vietnam met with the city’s leaders on 19 July to update them of recent developments and to discuss the next steps in the replication process. It was agreed that the focal point for the implementation activities would be the department of culture, sport and tourism, but that the task force would include members of various other departments, ensuring that the whole of the city government would be behind the project, allowing synergies to emerge.

A planned workshop on the topic of “Mobilizing private sector and communities to build Bach Dang tourism street” as well as training courses at the end of August will give local residents the chance to become fully involved in the project activities.  The preparations for the exchange visit to Old Phuket are also starting – exciting times for Danang!

Planning Ahead

reported in June 2011

In June, DELGOSEA Vietnam focused on meetings and preparations for the activities of the next few months. During an internal planning workshop, held on 20 June 2011, participants discussed the details of the working plan for the next three months, decided on some internal restructuring within the project team and – most importantly – selected the coaches for two of the pilot cities, Vinh City and Tra Vinh City. As in Danang, Ms Hang will be the key coach, Mr. Quang will be responsible for Vinh City and Ms. Cuc for Tra Vinh City.

A meeting with the newly selected coaches followed on 28 June, concentrating on defining their function in the project implementation team and the activities of the pilot cities. Their role is a vital one, since the coaches will be in charge of all the activities, regularly visiting the cities and acting as the liaison point between the pilot city and the coordination board.

Tra Vinh Delegates, a Good Mix

reported in May 2011

As scheduled, a delegation from Tra Vinh paid a visit to Jogjakarta City, Indonesia on 1-6 May 2011. The well represented delegation consisted of the deputy mayor, the general office director who is acting as a city coordinator for the transfer concept implementation and an IT official, who is directly connected to the e-government applications in the city and a CEO from the private sector. The participation of the private sector showed the importance of non-state actors in e-government implementation. Two coaches accompanied the city officials in the study visit. The two coaches facilitated the delegation’s learning process. They supported the team in adjusting the transfer concept plan action (TCPA) based on the inputs from Jogjakarta employees. Additionally, they facilitated communication between Tra Vinh delegates and representatives of Jogjakarta by providing translations for both parties.

As a result of the exchange visit, the participants made three recommendations to DELGOSEA Vietnam in order to facilitate replication. First, they recommended that documents should be translated to English, if not to their native language. Second, they underscored the importance of full and timely support in the project’s monitoring and evaluation. Finally, they identified the need for providing support in mobilizing non-state actors. The delegates shared these insights to ensure project sustainability.

1st National Workshop Addresses Challenges in Replication

reported in April 2011

DELGOSEA Vietnam organized the 1st National Workshop on 15 April 2011 to address challenges in the replication process confronting pilot cities. Attended by representatives from the pilot cities, academe, civil society organizations, media, national government, and international experts, the workshop gathered the perspectives of different stakeholders on the issues shared by the pilot cities. Participants also tackled various forms of cooperation that can help pilot cities in the replication process.

There are two common challenges that pilot cities face in replication. One is the changing of leadership. The other pertains to minimal support from the constituents of the pilot cities. The group agreed to create different public relations campaigns in the pilot cities to entice people to participate while the creation of back-up before the election is identified to address the leadership issue. Another issue that the pilot cities need to deal with is the limited budget. Since Tra Vinh and Danang cities are replicating infrastructure-intensive practices from Jogjakarta and Phuket, respectively, providing funding for successful replication becomes an issue. To address this concern, workshop participants agreed to get the support of the national government, private sector, and the community. To this end, the role of the Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN), the local government association becomes apparent.

The workshop participants concurred that expanding the relationship of ACVN with other ministries and international organizations will play a critical role in addressing budget issues. One concrete example is connecting Tra Vinh’s replication of Jogjakarata’s e-government with ACVN’s project, entitled “Using IT in Housing and Land Taxation” or Danang’s replication of Phuket’s Old Town Preservation with “Local Economic Development.” Both these projects are initiated by ACVN with assistance from Federation of Canadian Municipalities. ACVN can also connect Vinh’s replication of Marikina’s Eco-Savers Program with an environmental project it is undertaking with UN-ESCAP.

The workshop ended on a high note with DELGOSEA Project Director, Mr. Peter Köppinger in attendance and a group of media representatives covering the event.   

 DELGOSEA Vietnam Visits Pilot Cities

reported in April 2011

In order to assist in the development of transfer concepts, DELGOSEA Vietnam conducted separate coordination meetings with the pilot cities. First stop is in Tra Vinh City where Dr. Do Hau (“Dr. Hau”) and two local two local governance coaches, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thu Cuc met with Tra Vinh City’s team on 9-10 March to discuss the transfer concept on E-Government as the Breakthrough to Enhance Government Performances and Services of Yogjakarta, Indonesia. Next stop is Vinh City where Dr. Hau together with two local governance coaches, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung and Mr.  Nguyen Lam Quang tackled with Vin City’s team on 25-26 March 2011 the transfer concept for the Eco-savers Program of Marikina City, Philippines. The final stop was the city of Danang where Dr. Hau with two local governance coaches, Mr. Le Trong Binh and Mr. Truong Hao met with Danang City’s team on 8-9 April 2011 to talk about the transfer concept for Old Phuket Town Preservation and Development for city Conviviality and Income Generation of Thailand.

Despite having different BP models to replicate, all the pilot cities identified community mobilization as the main feature of BP transfer and replication. With this realization, they devised different ways to harness its potential.  For instance, in Tra Vinh City the team will tap the private sector and establish a feedback forum on the city’s website to encourage people’s participation in e-governance. In Vinh City, the team will instill the value of environmental concern and preservation of health and educate households to practice waste segregation to ensure support in Eco-Saver’s project. Danang City is no different, the team will motivate the community and private companies to provide contributions and educate the constituency on the benefits of developing the city’s tourism potential similar to that of Phuket’s Old Town Preservation.

As a result of these coordination meetings, the pilot cities’ transfer concepts are on different stages of finalization and approval. Also, a public relations program has been created. In Vinh city and Danang city, the transfer programs have been approved by their respective People’s Committee. 

Transfer Concept Workshops Conducted in Pilot Cities

reported in March 2011

DELGOSEA Vietnam started the drafting of transfer concepts by holding three separate workshops in pilot cities. The first transfer concept workshop was organized in Tra Vinh City. The city leadership together with heads of different departments participated in the workshop. During the workshop, participants discussed the transfer concept prepared by a team of coaches trained in Pattaya, Thailand. Participants made minor adjustments on the draft transfer concept. After the workshop, participants tackled the training needs of pilot cities. Some of the major agreements on the discussion include training needs, target participants, training schedule, and visits to BP sites.

The second transfer concept workshop was held in Vinh City on 24-27 March 2011. Following the same format as that of Tra Vinh City, workshop participants consisting of city leaders and department heads worked on the draft transfer concept prepared by the coaches. Capacity building program was also designed after the workshop.

Last and definitely not the least, Danang City’s transfer concept workshop was held on 7-9 April 2011, with the city leaders and department heads making some adjustments on the draft transfer concept. Aside from the transfer concept design, designing a capacity building program for the pilot cities was one of the major accomplishments of workshop participants.

As a result of these efforts, three transfer concepts were completed. Two of these transfer concepts were approved by their respective local government. Also, preparation for the exchange visits has been ironed out. The workshop also provided a venue for pilot cities to network with other stakeholders. Finally, the need to involve the central government in project implementation has been identified as a critical ingredient in replication.

Visiting the Pilot Cities

reported in January 2011

DELGOSEA National Coordinator in Vietnam, Prof. Do Hau, with local government association partner- Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN) representatives, and local coaches have visited three pilot cities to discuss plan on Best Practice (BP) Transfer Concept and replication action plan since December 2010.

These visits took place in Tra Vinh city on December 21-22, 2010, Vinh City on December 25, 2010 and Da Nang City on December 30-31, 2010.  At each visit, DELGOSEA Vietnam team met with pilot cities’ officials and relevant civil society’s institutions to elaborate the setting up of a working group for the development of a tailor-made BP Transfer Concept. The meetings also explored potential synergies with relevant Departments such as the Department of Information and Telecommunication of Tra Vinh Province and Department of Cultural, Tourism and Sport of Da Nang City to develop steps for replication activities.

The three pilot cities are going to replicate the following best practices:

  • Da Nang City: BP on Fiscal Management and Investment Planning from Phuket, Thailand -- Preserving Old Town Architecture and Reviving Traditions as Tourist Attraction and Economic Driver;
  • Vinh City: BP on Inclusive Urban Services from Marikina, Philippines -- Marikina Eco Savers Project;
  • Tra Vinh City: BP on Institutional Governance from Yogyakarta, Indonesia -- E-Government as the Breakthrough to Enhance Government Performance and Services.

In January 2011, the DELGOSEA team and the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) in Vietnam continued the translation of 16 Best Practices into Vietnamese for further dissemination to pilot cities and interested stakeholders.

Preparing for the Final Conference

 

Now that the monitoring of the pilot cities is finished, the thoughts of the DELGOSEA Vietnam team turned to preparations for the final conference, taking place in Bangkok in early August. The pilot cities very busy preparing their stalls for the market place session, displaying their project results and achievements, and the national coordinator was supervising their progress, happy to assist wherever necessary. Travel arrangements had to be made for all Vietnamese delegates; the office was pleased to see that a large group representing best practice and pilot cities as well as LGAs and CSOs was planning to attend.

 

During a meeting with ACVN representatives, the final conference was further discussed as well as the reporting requirements in the last few months of the project’s implementation time. There are also plans to meet with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and other ministries, continuing with the lobbying and advocacy activities to ensure continuing support for the pilot cities and their replications projects.