As Vietnam has emerged from the ravages of war and moved towards administrative reform, decentralization and re-integration into the global economy, civil society is gaining strength. Particularly important are the growing number of community development organizations, which can be loosely equated to Western-style NGOs.
Le projet micro-finance au Ghana vise à faciliter l’accès à de petits prêts financiers à toute personne ou groupe souhaitant se lancer dans une activité génératrice de revenus. Les volontaires aident à détecter et sélectionner les personnes ou groupes bénéficiaires, les accompagnent dans le montage de leur projet et le lancement de leur activité.
Cusco area offers huge potential for cultural micro-enterprises. The project supports organizations that largely work with rural people to preserve traditional cultural practices by training and linking them to market opportunities in the city. Volunteers assist the organization in designing and implementing strategies for the economic sustainability of the operation.
One of the main reasons for Vietnam’s economic growth has been the renovation policies the government started implementing in 1986. The policies, known as doimoi, liberalized important parts of the centrally planned economy. Commerce flourished and open markets brought millions of entrepreneurial Vietnamese out of poverty.