The Vietnam Land,
Services and Citizenship for the Urban Poor (LSC) Programme
The LSC programme is a partnership initiative undertaken by the Government of Vietnam and its support partners to align urban development efforts at the national, city and community levels. It aims to:
The Government of Vietnam is implementing LSC through the Ministry of Construction’s Urban Development Agency.
The Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) is implementing efforts at the community level.
These partners are supported by international organisations including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the programme is facilitated and supported by the Cities Alliance.
One of the fastest urbanising countries in East Asia, Vietnam has undergone a remarkable process of economic reform in recent decades that has spurred economic growth and driven an urbanisation rate of around 3 per cent per year.
A national urban strategy built on partnership. The Country Programme has achieved a high level of connectivity and interdependency across the national, city and community layers and among development partners – helping develop the national upgrading strategy that will directly inform a US$272 million World Bank capital and technical assistance investment loan.
Revitalised, inclusive Vietnam Urban Forum. With its broad membership base of 90 (up from 25 in 2008), the VUF is now the most inclusive forum in the country. Members include government agencies, donors, national and international NGOs, professional and academic organisations, cities, and private firms.
Expanded network for community-led upgrading. Guidelines have been completed to expand the Community Development Fund, a network of 30 cities engaged in community-led upgrading activities. The conditions are now in place to expand the CDF to an additional 20 cities.
An Urbanisation Review has been completed, providing the analytical foundation for a National Urban Policy.