The RLS Office in Hanoi is cooperating with partner organisations from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Recently, the office also initiated first steps in Myanmar. RLS follows a multi-level approach by working with local partners from the central and state level, with academic institutions and civil society organisations.
Partners from the central and state level
The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO)
The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) is a socio-political organization which is specialized in people – to –people diplomacy and is a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front. VUFO is also the focal point in foreign non-governmental organization (NGO) affairs.
VUFO is membered by peace, solidarity and friendship organizations – both bilateral and multilateral, at national and provincial levels which operate in accordance with their own philosophy, objectives and VUFO’s statutes.
VUFO’s main objectives are to strengthen mutual understanding and develop ties of solidarity and friendship, to advocate and support economic, scientific as well as cultural cooperation between the Vietnamese people and the people of other countries. Also, VUFO aims at enlisting broad sympathy and support of the world people for the Vietnamese people’s cause of national construction and defense.
For the above purpose, VUFO acts as a focal agency for foreign NGO affairs that promote and coordinate material aid from peace, solidarity and friendship organizations, NGOs and individuals in other countries. VUFO conducts research on international related issues and guides member organizations in activities of peace, solidarity, friendship, international cooperation and promotion as well as coordination of foreign NGO aid.
Address: 105A Quan Thanh Str., Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Phone: (84-4) 38456303
Fax: (84-4) 37330201
Institute for Legislative Studies (ILS)
The Institute for Legislative Studies (ILS) was established under Resolution No 614/2008/UBTVQH12 by the Standing Committee of National Assembly. The establishment of ILS is considered as one important solution to enhance the effectiveness of National Assembly’s activities.
The ILS is one unit that belong directly to the Standing Committee of National Assembly, which has the functions of conducting theoretical and practical researches relating to organization and activity of the National Assembly, managing scientific advocacy for supporting the implementation of obligations and power of National Assembly’s bodies and representatives.
Address: 51B Phan Dinh Phung , Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
Phone: (84) 08046386
Fax: (84) 08048582
Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA)
The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) was established on March 26, 1983 as per Decision No. 121/HĐBT of the Council of Ministers (now the Government) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. So far, the Union is constituted by 130 member associations, including 73 nation-wide and 57 provincial associations, plus an addition of more than 500 units for scientific research, technology renovation and training.
VUSTA aims at gathering and uniting the Vietnamese scientific and technological intelligentsia both in the countries and abroad as well as at coordinating members’ activities. VUSTA also acts as the representative in claiming the legal rights and benefits of its members
Phone: (84-4) 39432206; (84-4) 39432208
Fax: (84-4) 38227593
President: Dang Vu Minh
License number: 169/GP-BC, 02/05/2007
National Assembly Lao PDR (NAL)
The political clout of the Laotian National Assembly (NAL) has gradually increased within the one-party system in the Lao PDR. One third of the deputies work on a full-time basis for the National Assembly and most deputies are state officals. To allow for a profound legislation and an appropriate supervision of government activity, the deputies’ expertise and knowledge on legislation need to be enhanced.
For that reason it is necessary to provide the deputies with information, legislative research as well as technical skills.
Address: National Assembly Building, That Luang Square, Ban Thatluang Neu, P.O. Box 662, Lao PDR
Partners from Academic Institutions and Universities
University of Social Sciences and Humanities Vietnam,
National University Hanoi (USSH − HN)
The University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member of the Vietnam National University-Hanoi, was founded based on the former Faculties of Social Sciences of Hanoi General University.
For over 65 years since its establishment, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Hanoi has been the leading research and training centre in Vietnam in the areas of social sciences and humanities, which is mandated to educate and train qualified personnel in service of national defence and development.
As a traditionally prestigious, leading and long-history institution, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Hanoi has a mission of being a leading centre to pass on knowledge and educate qualified human resources in social sciences and humanities in service of national construction and development.
Address: 336 Nguyen Trai Rd, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: (84-4) 38583799
Fax: (84-4) 38583821
Institute for Scientific Socialism – Ho Chi Minh National Academy
of Politics and Public Administration (NAPA − IS)
The Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration is a professional organization which belongs directly to the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party, led by the Politburo and Secretary Committee. Function, task and structure of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration are as prescribed according to Decision 100-QD/TW and Notification 162-TB/TW by the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party.
The Academy is a centre for training and education of key leaders and managers as well as political officers of the Party, State and socio-political organizations. The academy provides various programs with certification, including Advanced Political Theory, Bachelor of Politics, Bachelor of Journalism, Master/PhD of Political Theory etc. The Academy is also a centre for conducting researches related to Marxist-Leninist theory, Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, the Communist Party and State’s policies, political sciences etc.
Address: No 135 Nguyen Phong Sac Str, Cau Giay District, Ha Noi
Phone: (84-4) 8361086; (84-4) 8041052
Fax: (84-4) 8361194
Hue University of Sciences (HUS)
Hue University of Sciences (formerly known as the University of Hue) was founded in accordance with the Decree No. 426/TTg dated 27 October 1976 by the Prime Minister on the base of merging the College of Sciences and the College of Letters belonging to the Institute of Hue University (the Institute of Hue University was established in 1957). In 1994, pursuant to the Decree No. 30/CP by the Government on founding Hue University, the University of Hue became an affiliated member of Hue University and was renamed Hue University of Sciences.
HUS is a multidisciplinary education and training institution including graduate and undergraduate education programs, and research activities. Its obligation is to provide qualified human resources, scientific research products in the fields of natural science, social science and humanity for facilitating the development of the Central Vietnam and Highlands in particular and Vietnam in general.
Address: 77 Nguyen Hue st., Hue city, Vietnam
Phone: (84-54) 3823290
Fax: (84-54) 3824901
University of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (USSH − HCMC)
Established in 1957, USSH HCMC was originally known as the Faculty of Letters, which was part of Saigon University. October, 1975, marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the university when it began its first academic year after the reunification of the country by instituting various changes in its training objectives, curricula and programs. Another landmark in the history of the university was the merging of the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Sciences in Saigon University in April, 1977, resulting in Ho Chi Minh City University (HCMU), the largest training and research centre in the South of Vietnam. March, 1996, saw the separation of HCMU into its two components, University of Natural Sciences and University of Social Sciences and Humanities, both of which were given independent status and became members of VNU Ho Chi Minh City. With this reform, the university has been officially known as USSH ever since.
With regards to international cooperation in terms of academic and research activities etc., USSH HCMC has partnerships with over 200 universities and research institutes, non-governmental organizations, etc. worldwide.
As a member of VNU Ho Chi Minh City, a key centre of Vietnamese education for under and post-graduate training and for scientific research with high quality and multi-disciplines, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) pledges:
- To be one of the leading institutions of Vietnam in training and research on social sciences and humanities;
- To provide professional services with high quality for the national economy of Vietnam;
- And to contribute to the foundation of an advanced culture profoundly imbued with national identities.
Address: 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Str, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
Tel: (84-8) 38293828
Fax: (84-8) 38221903
Partners from the non-governmental and civil society sector
Center for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E)
Center for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E) is a Vietnamese not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation. The organization works to promote participation and improves capacity of local community groups and organisations for better solutions to environmental issues that are related to their life, contributing to the development of civil society and sustainable environment in Vietnam.
C&E was founded by members of the Advisory Group of the Sida Environmental Fund (SEF). The Center inherited SEF experiences and lessons over 12 years promoting and supporting community initiatives in environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting NGOs and CBOs that worked at the grass roots level. C&E Vietnam supports local communities, community-based organisations, and civil society organisations in formulation and implementation of initiatives to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable development.
Address: No 12, Lane 89, Xa Dan Str, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Phone: (84-4) 35738536
Fax: (84-4) 35738537
Live&Learn was originally a group of volunteers who promoted environmental education, and is now operating in eight countries and has expanded its scope to sustainable livelihood development and the conservation of environmental resources. In 2000, Live & Learn Environmental Education Inc. became an officially recognized Australian NGO and a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct. Today, Live & Learn specializes in community participatory education to promote sustainable livelihood development and conservation of environmental resources in some of the most vulnerable communities and biologically diverse regions in Asia and the South Pacific.
In Vietnam, Live and Learn was established since 15th January 2009 with the mission to reduce poverty and foster greater understanding and action towards a sustainable future through education, community mobilization and supportive partnerships.
Address: No 30, Lane 32/26, To Ngoc Van Str, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: (84-4) 37185930
Fax: (84-4) 37186494
Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD)
The Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD) is a Vietnamese non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the sustainable use of Vietnam’s water resources. WARECOD was established on September 7, 2006 under the auspices of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA).
The organization’s mission is to protect Vietnam’s water resources, in order to contribute to ensuring the well-being of river ecosystems, sustain biodiversity, and protect the livelihoods of communities that depend on these resources.
Address: Room 801, HACISCO building, No 15 Lane 107 Nguyen Chi Thanh Str, Dong Da, Hanoi
Phone: (84-4) 37730828
Fax: (84-4) 37739491
Green Innovation and Development Center (GreenID)
GreenID is a non-profit organization established under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) and recognized by Decision 840/QD-LHH dated 27th December 2011. GreenID promotes an inclusive approach to sustainable development in Vietnam and the larger Mekong region, with a particular focus on the role of the energy sector and its environmental impact. The organizations resource base includes environmental and energy experts, researchers, and activists. All share a common commitment to promote green, low carbon, environmentally-friendly development and natural resource protection. GreenID firmly believes that viable and sustainable solutions to the regions current challenges can only be achieved if local communities are involved in the whole process from planning to execution.
GreenID works to achieve this in close collaboration with relevant national and international stakeholders by applying a systematic, integrated, inclusive and forward-looking approach to its work and its mandate.
Address: Room 1504, 15th Floor, Tower B, Building 173 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay Str., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: (84-4) 62697318
Fax: (84-4) 37956372
Center for Social Research and Development (CSRD)
The Center for Social Research and Development is an organisation which aims to support people who are particularly vulnerable to climate and social change. Its ambitions are to enhance the adaptability of the poor to climate change, to improve their living standards and promote the sustainable usage of natural resources.
By conducting researches, CSRD wants to provide recommendations, which are based on the objective of social justice, for policy-makers.
Address: 2/33 Nguyen Truong To, Hue City, Viet Nam
Phone/ Fax: (84-54) 3837714
Study Center for Gender, Family and Community Development (GFCD)
The Study Center for Gender, Family and Community Development (GFCD) is a Vietnamese non-governmental organisation which is subordninated to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Under the direction of Dr. Ngo Thi Ngoc Anh,a former employee of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and an expert on gender, it commenced its work in 2000 and was recognized by Decision C-45/2012/DK-KH&CN in 2012.
The Center’s main focus is on the rights of underprivileged women including informally employed domestic workers. The activities involve studies on the situations of affected women as well capacity-building measures for these.
Address: GFCD, Room 1005, Floor 10, Resident Building of Ministry of Science and Technology, No. 2, Nguyen Khanh Toan Street, Cau Giay District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Phone: (84-4) 66837799
Research Center for Family Support and Community Development (CFSCD)
The Research Center for Family Support and Community Development (CFSCD) is a non-governmental organisation established under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) and recognized by Decision 903/QD-TWH in May 2012.
The founder Le Thi Thuy is a retired, high-ranking member of Vietnam’s Women’s Union who has scored remarkable successes in her commitment for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Correspondingly gender justice and gender based violence within the scope of domestic violence are the Center’s main fields of action.
Address: CFSCD, Room 1504 – Building A2 – 299 Vong Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Phone: (84-4) 38695591
Action Center for City Development (Action for the City, AFTC)
Action Center for City Development is an non-governmental organisation which was established in Hanoi in 2006. Its main areas of activity are in the fields of:
- Education for a sustainable development
- Recovery of public space
- Organic farming
Mainly addressing the urban population, AFTC conducts trainings, dialogues with decision makers and various awareness-raising activities and is currently working on the establishment of “Clubs for an environment- and climate conscious lifestyle” in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
Address: AFTC, 1 Pham Ngu Lao, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Phone: (84-4) 62700184
Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC)
The Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia, commonly known as WMC is a Cambodian non-governmental, non-profit media organization. WMC delivers national awareness and informative programs on a diverse range of issues affecting contemporary Cambodia, with a special focus on the roles and rights of Cambodian women. The centre is best known for its radio channel Women’s Radio, FM102 or FM102
The organization promises to make gender equality to be possible in Cambodia, utilizing media as a path to achieve women empowerment and gender equity by addressing social issues that are related to women.
Address: No 30, 488 (484) Street, Sangkat Phsar Demthkov, Khan Chamcar Morn Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone/Fax: (855) 23223597
Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) was registered in Cambodia’s internal affairs ministry in 2007. Its initial purpose was to give the independent radio station Voice of Democracy (VOD) a platform to operate. In recent years, CCIM has managed to establish further radio stations and is now reaching more than 2 million listeners in 14 provinces.
CCIM promotes the respect of human rights and aims to strengthen democracy. For these purposes, it offers advanced training to journalists, organizes dialogues between media, decision makers, parties and citizens and tries to involve vestrymen in media design.
Address: 14A, St 392, Sangkat Beoung Keng Kang, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: (855) 23726845
Fax: (855) 23726843
German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD)
The German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD) is a Laotian non-government organisation which was established on the initiative of the German-Laotian Association (Deutsch-Laotische Gesellschaft [DLG]) in 2008. However, it is financially and organisationally independent of DLG. With the support of aid workers, GLAD staff has developed excellent sklills in project management and in dealing with public funds.
GLAD has a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Assembly Lao PDR.
Address: Sisangvone Village, Saysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Phone: (85-6) 21413076, (85-6) 21414753
Fax: (85-6) 21414686
Tampadipa Institute (TI)
The Tampadipa Institute (TI) is a Burmese non-government organisation under the direction of Dr. Khin Zaw Win. The TI specializes in capacity-building trainings for members of parliament and for employees of local organizations and conducts events to facilitate political dialogue.
Although featuring structural deficiencies as Dr. Khin Zaw Win is largely on his own, the outstanding network of the TI makes it an important actor in the transformative process in Myanmar.