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Filling the Gap: The Emerging Civil Society in Viet Nam

Civil Society Index studies (CSI) were carried out worldwide from 2004 to 2006 in order to assess the present strengths and weaknesses of civil society in several dozen countries. The assessments follow similar methodologies in each country to assess civil society at a national level, based on the participation of a national Stakeholder Assessment Group (SAG) and a national team comprising a coordinator, researchers and an international civil society expert. The assessments are based on a common methodology developed by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation through extensive research in a number of pilot countries. The Viet Nam project was carried out from April 2005 to March 2006 and was made possible by support from the UNDP and SNV in Viet Nam. It was the first attempt in Viet Nam to broadly map civil society. This discussion paper provides a context for the project in Viet Nam and summarises the methodology and outcome of the CSI study. The definition used for civil society is broad and inclusive and focuses on the functions, rather than the forms, of the organisations involved. The major findings are discussed and the paper concludes with a number of recommendations as to how the development of civil society in Viet Nam could be further supported.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Vietnamese
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Viet Nam
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Author (individual) Irene Norlund
Publication date 2007
Pagination 39
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Keywords civil society index,chỉ số xã hội dân sự,CIVICUS
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Date modified July 21, 2020, 06:43 (UTC)