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In the spotlight: ACVN, Vietnam

In the spotlight: ACVN, Vietnam

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In the fifth article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN).

ACVN plays an important role for local governance in Vietnam, as it is the only umbrella organisation representing Vietnamese cities and towns. Since its foundation in 1992, 96 municipalities have joined the Association, which defines itself as a hub and a forum for its members to exchange their experiences in urban development and management. Research on issues affecting urban management and development is one important service ACVN offers its members, as are capacity building programmes for urban officials and civil servants.

A particularly interesting project that ACVN is involved in is CITYNET, a regional network of local authorities for the management of human settlements. From small beginnings in 1987, the network has grown to become an international organization of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region. This is just one of the networks that connect ACVN’s members to other countries; the Association is keen to make an impression on the international stage, being a member of UCLG ASPAC, the umbrella organisation for LGAs in Asia Pacific, and cooperating with, among others, the European Commission, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the World Bank.

AVCN has ambitious plans for the future, aiming to increase its membership substantially and improve its effectiveness and reputation by 2020. This includes plans to integrate townships that are not currently eligible for membership, but which need better representation of their interests. The organisation will also focus on internal restructuring by establishing thematic departments, such as on ‘international cooperation’ and ‘training and research on urban management’. Clearly, the Association is keen to rise to the level of its partners in the region.

ACVN is registered as an NGO under the state management of the ministry of Home Affairs; its organisational structure consists of an executive committee with 23 members, a monitoring committee and a small secretariat. Regular congresses and conferences help to keep members in touch with each other, as do the special sub-regional ‘cluster’ meetings, which support member cities from within a region in their attempts to tackle common problems.

To read more about ACVN and its activities on 

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