Second Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction project yields sweet fruits

During seven years of implementation, the Second Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction Project (NMPRP-2) has contributed to improving the living standards of ethnic minorities and extending the Common Interest Group (CIG) model to have better life.  

NMPRP-2 has celebrated the overwhelming success achieved during the past seven years

This morning, the World Bank, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), organised CIG festival day and a dialogue with the theme “Women’s role in sustainable poverty reduction.”

CIG model: small groups of households and individuals that pool resources and co-operate in agricultural production to then avail themselves of business linkages provided by the NMPRP-2 to sell their produce.

In the framework of the event, along with the performances of ethnic minority CIGs from the northern mountainous area as well as a discussion on women’s role in sustainable poverty reduction, the representative of the organisation board lauded the numerous achievements NMPRP-2 posted during the past seven years.

Notably, the project helped to repair and build 3,500 rural road sections, completed the construction of 3,000 crucial infrastructure units, including bridges, drains, clean water projects as well as markets, benefiting 500,000 households.

Besides, approximately 12,000 CIGs were established with the participation of 150,000 households. According to the latest survey, 60 per cent of these CIGs have maintained co-operation in agricultural activities for four consecutive years.

Furthermore, it established over 130 support projects connecting 70 enterprises with over 1,400 CIG groups. In addition, the project organised 4,200 training courses and conferences, attracting 145,000 participants.

“One of highlights of the project is that we supply the support for CIGs instead of supporting individuals or households. After seven years, the management board of the project saw that CIG members are enthusiastic about the CIGs’ activities and not only share experiences in business and manufacturing but also in normal life. It is easy to see that implementing projects in the CIG model is much more effective than parcelling it out to individuals or households,” said Nguyen Thi Minh Nghia, deputy director of the project co-ordination unit.

The NMPRP-2 programme is implemented by MPI in collaboration with the World Bank and the people’s committees of northern mountainous provinces.

The programme, which lasts from 2010 to 2018, has a total operational cost of $275 million, including nearly $250 million in loans from the WB, while the remainder is equity from the state budget.

The implementation of the NMPRP-2 programme is divided into two phases. The first phase lasted from October 2010 to June 2015, while the second phase goes from July 2015 to June 2018. The programme takes place in six provinces in the northern mountainous region, including Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Son la, Dien Bien, and Lai Chau.

The amended development objective is to enhance the living standards of project beneficiaries by improving their access to productive infrastructure, enhancing the institutional capacity of local governments and communities, integrating communal investment planning, and creating market linkages and business innovation.

By Kim Oanh