July 21, 2018

On 3-4 November 2011, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi (USSH HN) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Vietnam (RLS) held a dialogue on “The Contributions of Socio-Political Organisations in the Policy-Making Process” in Hanoi.

The policy-making process in Vietnam is influenced by various stakeholders. Contributions in the workshop gave examples of the major socio-political organisations under the roof of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) such as the Women’s Union, Farmer’s Union, and Youth’s Union, and in what way they participate in the policy-making process. Since the 10th national congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in 2006, VFF’s supervision and “social criticism” is officially recognized as strategy to promote the people’s ownership right. Many speakers agreed that the government should promulgate and supplement a legal corridor for the active implementation of the VFF’s and mass organisations’ supervision and social criticism. Furthermore, some speakers emphasized that the mass-organisations make other valuable contributions to Vietnam’s society, as they officially represent the people of the country, and that this contribution should be more valued by the government and the party.

Besides this, the dialogue also put attention to an increasing number of contributions to the society by non-state institutions and associations that work on policy-making, and on social affairs. Dr. Michael Efler (Mehr Demokratie e. V.) and Dr. Stefan Taschner (BuergerBegehren Klimaschutz e. V.) gave examples of initiatives from Germany that try to prevent disputes on the local administrative levels by letting the public participate through mechanisms like plebiscites. An example for public participation beyond the mass organisations in Vietnam was given by Assoc. Prof. Le Thi Quy (Research Center for Gender and Development), who illustrated the initiative of the “Peace House”, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, and the influence of NGOs and women’s rights initiatives on the Vietnamese gender equality law of 2007. This was reflecting the contribution of Dr. Joerg Wischermann (GIGA Hamburg), who emphasised the demand for another view of “civil society”, that not only sees itself as separate from the “private”, “public” and “economic” spheres, but also gives all groups of society an opportunity to participate, and is “civilised”, in the regard that it tries to integrate and the disadvantaged, like people with disabilities and ethnic minorities.

Welcome speech

Prof. Dr. Vũ Đức Nghiệu
Vice Rector, VNU-University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi

Opening speech

Mr. Joerg Schultz
Director, International Relations Dept., Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Germany

Key note speech

Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm
Director, Centre for Policy Studies and Analysis, VNU-USSH HN

Key note Speech
The Participations of the Socio-Political Organisations in the Policy-Making Process

Prof. Dr. Phạm Xuân Hằng
Former Vice President of the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front;
Former President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front of Hanoi;
Vice President of Policy Consultant Council   of VNU-USSH HN

Speech
Civil Society and Good Local Governance Program of GIZ Vietnam

Mr. Simon Freund
Team leader, Civil Society Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Speech
Governance and Civil Society Action in Vietnam. Changing the Rules from Within – Potentials and Limits

Dr. Joerg Wischermann
GIGA Hamburg/Institute of Asian Studies

Speech
The Roles and the Meanings of Social Opponent Activities of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front in the Policy and Law Making Process of the State and Vietnam Communist Party: Some Issues and Solutions

Prof. Dr. Bùi Xuân Đức
Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front

Comment on the speakers

Prof. Dr. Đặng Ngọc Dinh
Director,Centre for Community Support Development Studies (CECODES)

Ms. Nadja Charaby
Director, RLS Vietnam

Speech
Cooperation between CECODES and VFF in Implementing the Project PAPI – Contributing to Policy-Making in Vietnam

Prof. Dr. Đặng Ngọc Dinh
Director of the Centre for Community Support Development Studies (CECODES)

Speech
Introduction of Civil Society Action and Citizen Participation in Germany. The example of “Mehr Demokratie e.V.” (More Democracy Association)

Dr. Michael Efler
Mehr Demokratie e.V (More Democracy Association)

Speech
Sharing Experiences of the Committee of the Vietnam Father Land Front in Can Tho City in the Policy-Making Process

Mr. Trần Đức Hiếu
Committee of the Vietnam Father Land Front in Can Tho City/ UBMTTVN TP Cần Thơ

Speech
The Role of Associations in the Policy-Making Process at Present

Dr. Trịnh Hòa Bình
Institute of Sociology

Comments on the speakers

Prof. Dr.Phạm Xuân Hằng
Vice President of the Policy Consultant Committee of VNU-USSH HN

Dr. Trần Văn Hải
Dean, Faculty of Management, VNU-USSH HN

Key note speech

Dr. Stefan Taschner
Executive manager, BuergerBegehren Klimaschutz (Citizen Initiative for Climate Protection)

Key note speech
The Relationship Between Research Organisations and Action for Gender Equality in the Policy-Making Process

Prof.Dr. Lê Thị Quý
Director of the Research Centre for Gender and Development (RCGAD ) VNU-USSH HN

Speech
The Relationship Between Socio-Political Organisations and Civil Society in the Policy-Making Process

Prof. Dr. Trần Ngọc Hiên
Former – Vice President of HCM National Academy of Politics and Public Administration

Speech
Supervisory and Social Opponent Role of Socio-Political Organisations in Policy-Making in Vietnam Today

Prof. Dr. Lê Ngọc Hùng
Institute of Sociology, HCM National Academy of Politics and Public Administration

Comment on the speakers

Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm
Director, Centre for Policy Studies and Analysis, VNU-USSH HN

Some remarks on the dialogue

Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm
Director, Centre for Policy Studies and Analysis, VNU-USSH HN

Ms Nadja Charaby
Director, RLS Vietnam

Closing Speech

Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Văn Kim
Vice Rector, VNU-USSH HN

 

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