Viet Nam: Working in partnership to build capacity and deliver better programmes

Published: 31 May 2013 16:24 CET

Organizational development is crucial for National Societies to deliver effective programmes and projects. In order to expand the breadth, depth and quality of its services to millions of Vietnamese, the Vietnam Red Cross Society is working to build its capacity to be a strong and effective National Society.

As set out in the IFRC’s Strategy 2020, capacity building is one of the Vietnam Red Cross Society’s strategic priorities and various partner National Societies, including the American Red Cross, are supporting the Vietnam Red Cross Society to implement this.

Between 26 and 28 April 2013, a joint effort between the American Red Cross, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society and the IFRC – with the financial support of USAID/OFDA – saw a planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) training course delivered to 26 Red Cross staff.

Under the project ‘Community-based disaster risk management in Viet Nam’, all partners collaborated to build the knowledge and understanding of 25 provincial and district staff from Quang Nam province, as well as a member of staff from the IFRC.

This is the third PMER training since the beginning of the year: ten training sessions were successfully carried out in 2012, with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The purpose of the training is to equip Red Cross staff with skills and knowledge they need in project management so they can respond more effectively to emergency and climate change-related natural disasters, as well as diseases.

“Before this training, I had some basic knowledge about planning, monitoring and evaluation, as well as reporting,” said Nguyen Thi Lan, President of Quang Nam Red Cross Chapter, Thang Binh District. “However, my knowledge was unsystematic and I was not confident enough to apply it to my daily work.”

“Compared to previous training courses I have participated in, the training this time has gone into more depth about the project management cycle and the information is also presented in a logical sequence, making it easy to understand,” said Le Van Nam, President of Quang Nam Red Cross Chapter, Duy Xuyen District.

“I have gained a good understanding of the monitoring and evaluation process, and I also think I will be more prepared to write project reports. I hope there will be more capacity-building opportunities like this for Red Cross staff, especially project staff at district and branch level.”

The Vietnam Red Cross Society plans to organize more project management training for its provincial and district staff, not only this year but in the future, in order to enhance the quality of its field-level activities and programmes.