In recent years, NGOs or Non-governmental Organizations in Vietnam (Tổ chức Phi Chính phủ) have been growing more than just material help for the need but also include the transfer of experience and technology know-how.
One of the main focuses of Vietnam, as a developing country, is to raise the living standard of people in poverty and build sustainable development. Several efforts in increasing the level of education and improving social welfare have been made possible with the joint of NGOs in Vietnam, both national and international entities.
And the help of NGOs in Vietnam is also in many forms, from humanitarian acts to environmental, social, and economic activities. While some of them are still solutions for instant relief for problems such as natural disasters damage and famine, most of them aim for the long-term growth of the country through actions such as protecting children’s rights and the environment.
*Areas of work: Emergency reliefs, post-war and disaster aid, first aid, social welfare (homes and shelter, water sanitation), social security (employment, vocational training), human’s rights, women’s right
Vietnam Red Cross Society
82 Nguyen Du, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
International Labor Organization of Vietnam
48-50 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
53/10 Tran Khanh Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
22 Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
19A, Duong So 1 (Street), Khu Pho 9 (Neighborhood), Binh Hung Hoa A Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City
*Areas of work: Increasing access to high-quality health services, supporting a sustainable system for public health and securities, and managing diseases.
World Health Organization Vietnam
304 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Operation Smile Vietnam (cleft lip and cleft palate surgery)
16 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
5th floor, Hung Vuong Plaza, 126 Hung Vuong, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
DKT International Vietnam (HIV/AID prevention)
Unit 5B, 6th floor, Indochina Plaza, 241 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Helen Keller International Vietnam (eye health)
Suite 305-306, A2, Ngoai Giao Doan Van Phuc, 298 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
*Areas of work: Child’s right, Child protection (against exploitation and violence), Child survival (through nutrition and disaster prevention), Child education (increasing learning outcomes and providing assistance for the disadvantaged and disabilities), etc.
United Nations Children’s Fund Vietnam
304 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Save the Children
Mercury Building, 4th floor, 444 Hoang Hoa Tham, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
*Area of work: protect rare species, protect vulnerable communities against climate change, support sustainable development and solutions such as green business.
World Wildlife Fund Vietnam
18/6 Nguyen Co Thach, nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
For more information about international NGOs in Vietnam, visit the VUFO-NGO Resource Center
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After Doi Moi in 1989, a program to encourage the national economy and business to open more to the world, the number of international NGOs in Vietnam increased and the types of aid also started to diverse from financial and goods for the poverty to humanitarian acts and other aspects of development. Therefore, in 1992 Vietnamese Law, there are several decrees, circulars, and decisions that were issued to regulate the activities of foreign NGOs in Vietnam.
The NGOs in Vietnam work on a non-profit (phi lợi nhuận) base but still has to apply for permission to operate, to establish project offices and representative offices, and to be under the regulation of the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs.
With many favorable conditions and regulations on how to use and tax aid, around 800 NGOs in Vietnam have been established up to 2010, and the value of aid was approximately 217 million USD in 2006.
Some of the foreign NGOs in Vietnam only have project offices and they can move or close their offices when the projects are completed, so it is best to make contact with them through their website or go to the representative office in your country for more information. You can make donations or join volunteer work, but in any case, it is highly advisable to make contact in advance.
© Written by Nhi Nguyen for itourvn.com