Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Vietnam: Learning from Good Practices
Author: International Labour Organisation
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What lessons can be learned from the experience of entrepreneurship development in Vietnam? This report argues that providing support through women's groups and other collaboration groups helps to create an enabling environment for business development. This enables women to learn and share good experiences, thereby building links among individuals and groups, and bringing both individual and collective benefits. Nevertheless, the approach still requires improvement.
Many projects and programmes have made efforts to promote an enabling environment for business development. The most common activities include awareness-raising among different social groups on the importance of public-private partnership. The scope of capacity building activities is diverse, covering various types of organisations from national to community level. Most capacity building activities have been implemented using a participatory approach. Training courses have been well designed using a training needs assessment, evaluating trainees, and collecting information on training needs.
Business development service delivery is one of the key implementation areas for most projects, which provide services via groups of female entrepreneurs, women's clubs or women's cooperation groups. Support is provided for market access by organising trade fairs and study tours. Support is also provided for the design of trademarks, product labels, and product quality, and by offering legal and other consultancy.
However, there are a number of shortfalls in the way projects are designed and implemented:
In order to improve the outcomes of such projects, the following points should be noted:
ILO, 2011, ‘Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Vietnam: Learning from Good Practices’ ILO Project on Women's Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equality (WEDGE), International Labour Organisation, Vietnam
Organisation: International Labour Organisation, http://www.ilo.org/