Client name: UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Duration:
 January 2013 - August 2015

Location: Vietnam

Situation

Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index placed Vietnam in the bottom third of the countries and territories surveyed. Vietnam now ranks 116 out of 177 According to Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, 55% of Vietnamese citizens believe corruption to be increasing, and overall levels of public trust in the effectiveness of government action against corruption are falling. Citizens believe that corruption is increasing in areas such as civil service employment, obtaining construction permits and land-use certificates, and access to education and health services, amongst others.

The UK government is the lead donor in the anti-corruption field in Vietnam. It is actively coordinating with partners, leading dialogues with policymakers, and providing technical support to the Government of Vietnam, domestic research institutions and the mass media in the fight against corruption. The Coffey team provides expert technical assistance in all aspects of this work.

Solution

Coffey manages a small number of grants that conduct innovative anti-corruption research, with a view to fostering the evidence-base on corruption in Vietnam. In light of the 12th Anti-Corruption Dialogue in 2013 which focused on corruption in business, the project is supporting business integrity activities, including the establishment of the Vietnam Integrity Alliance.

The project also provides capacity building and technical support to government and civil society representatives to promote particular programs - including the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. 

Result

The results to date include;

  • A research symposium was organised in Hanoi in August 2014 with participation of government, academia and NGOs, to discuss the findings from our sponsored research, promote the policy implications of these results, and stimulate additional research projects. Read the report, “The costs of corruption in Vietnam from a macro, provincial and firm perspective.”
  • Starting in 2015, a number of multi-national corporations and Vietnamese firms are expected to join the Vietnam Integrity Alliance. As a multi-stakeholder coalition, the Alliance plans to implement a code of conduct/integrity for the business community.
  • The project supported a feasibility study for Vietnamese participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and currently supporting implementation of Construction Sector Transparency Initiative principles into the Vietnamese legislative framework.