Socio Economic Planning and Actors Cooperation Study Tour, England and Sweden; Chia Se Poverty Alleviation Programme
The Consultant was responsible for the planning and implementation of two study tours, one to England and one to Sweden, which looked at socio-economic planning in each of the countries. Each tour had 10 Vietnamese participants, including staff from the Chia Se project, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Government Statistics Office and the Ministry of Finance. The objective of the study tour was to learn from UK and Swedish experiences on formulation and implementation of strategies, policies for sustainable and pro-poor development at central and local levels as well as contributions of private sector, media organizations, professional associations and NGOs in these processes. The study therefore focused on the interaction between central government and other bodies in setting policy and creating mechanisms for it to be carried out; the ways in which local authorities interpret and implement national policies and associated incentives and sanctions; the roles of the media, NGOs and research organisations in challenging policy and contributing to policy development through provision of information to the public, consultations and debate.
The visit also concentrated on certain topics, related to rural development & coastal zone management (in the UK), and followed how decisions are taken in these areas, but also studied the general planning process, involving budgetary, fiscal and physical planning. Particular attention was given to how plans are financed, how expenditure is controlled and how transparency is maintained in the planning process.