The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is investing in a new type of aid in cooperation with Vietnam. In a project which has received SEK 9.8 million of funding, researchers at Lund University, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen and the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm will help the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture´s research institute Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development to develop research on major development goals of Vietnam, such as effective and sustainable growth of the agricultural sector and harmonized and integrated rural development.
Vietnam’s economy is growing strongly and it is today considered an important growth economy. However, as countries move from being low-income to middle-income countries, normal Swedish aid falls away. For these countries, Sida instead puts its efforts into partner-driven, long‑term cooperation where the parties involved not only receive aid but are also involved in co‑financing development projects.
In partner-driven cooperation, universities have been identified as important players to help development. With a global perspective permeating education and research, universities can contribute to greater knowledge and understanding of global development processes and facilitate reforms and democratisation processes. As a step in this work, Sida is now starting a three-year research project coordinated by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University in Sweden.
The researchers, economic geographer Magnus Andersson and political scientist Christian Göbel at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, will contribute research-based expertise for the reforms which Vietnam will need to carry out as it faces major economic and geographical challenges. These include reforms of the ownership rights to land and reforms to manage the economic migration that is taking place from rural areas to the expanding manufacturing industry.
The research will partly be conducted on site in Vietnam, starting in
October 2011 and ending in September 2013.
About the project: The partner-driven project has a total cost of SEK 9.8 million. Sida is contributing SEK 5.3 million and the Vietnamese partner is contributing with SEK 2.3 million. Other partners and co-financers are the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University, which is also coordinating the project, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen and the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm.