In Vietnam, achieving sustainable provision of water services for communities in rural areas has been a challenge for years. About 74 percent of the Vietnamese population is concentrated in rural areas, yet just 48 percent of households have access to clean water, compared with 82 percent in urban areas.
Au Viet Nam, l’approvisionnement durable en eau des populations rurales pose problème depuis de nombreuses années. En milieu rural, où se concentrent environ 74 percent de la population, à peine 48 percent des ménages ont accès à l’eau potable, contre 82 percent en zone urbaine1.
In 2008, GPOBA approved a $3 million grant to support investments in piped rural water supply systems, in conjunction with the government's efforts to operationalize its national Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy.
The Vietnamese government has made remarkable gains in improving education outcomes since the early 1990s. But disparities in educational attainment – particularly between income groups – remain. GPOBA’s first project in the education sector addressed persistent inequalities in learning outcomes, enrolling more than 8,000 low-income students and lowering dropout rates.