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New linking organisation in Vietnam


The VCSPA annual meeting (c) SCDI

The Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) in Vietnam has become the newest Alliance Linking Organisation, following the decision of the Accreditation Committee last month.

Established in January 2010 to focus on HIV interventions, civil society strengthening and advocacy, SCDI has rapidly become the leading Vietnamese champion for mobilising civil society in the national HIV response.

In the challenging policy environment in Vietnam, SCDI supports provincial leaders from sex worker and drug user communities to form self-help groups, and helps strengthen them through mentoring, as well as providing organisational and legal support.  In addition, SCDI’s current programme portfolio includes health, community development, counselling and training, and communications related activities delivered in partnership with governmental and local organisations.

Realising “hidden potential”

Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, the founding director of SCDI, explains that the driving force of her organisation is the belief that “each individual and community has great hidden potential, which can be used not only to tackle their own problems, but also to contribute to the development of the society. Through the approach of empowerment together with policy advocacy, SCDI aims to create motivation and an environment for these potentials to be realised in favour of positive goals”. 

SCDI is also the host of the national partnership platform VCSPA, which brings together almost 200 CBOs, NGOs, and FBOs from 40 provinces. SCDI’s capacity and commitment to support CBOs is also reflected in its support to other networks of marginalised populations, including Bright Future Network (BFN). Together with BFN, SCDI produces the quarterly magazine, ‘Living with HIV’, and supports a website for people living with HIV, which serve as the 2 major resources of information by and for PLHIV in Vietnam.

SCDI works in 6 provinces across Vietnam and has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Country Coordinating Mechanism workshops

In October 2011 civil society representation in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) was the focus of training workshops hosted by SCDI in Hanoi. These workshops, attended by a range of key population group representatives, were funded by AusAID through the Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hub in South East Asia and the Pacific, which is based in Cambodia. This was part of ongoing technical assistance from the hub to enable SCDI to strategically structure its programming to strengthen civil society.

Find out more about SCDI’s work

    each individual and community has hidden potential which can be used to contribute to society