Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)
Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) is a Vietnamese non – governmental and non – profit organization. SRD inherited 28 years of experience from the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) in Vietnam - an international NGO which delivered successful development projects from 1975-2005. When CIDSE realized its ultimate goal of nationalizing local development activities in Vietnam, SRD was established to continue their work within rural communities. SRD a registered as member organization of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, with an operation permit from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
SRD's mission is to support farmers to sustainably manage their own livelihood systems through the following mediums : i) develop sustainable agriculture ; ii) increase farmers' income through developing sustainable and diversified livelihoods ; iii) enhance community – based organizations's capacity in decision – making process ; iv) advocate for poor people. SRD strongly focuses on improving disadvantaged community's capacity, especially poor and poorest ethnic minority groups to be able to sustainably manage their own livelihoods, NGO's effective poverty reduction and community development programs, and resource management models.
SRD also undertakes hunger eradication and poverty reduction projects in Northern moutainous provinces and Middle provinces (Thua Thien Hue, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri).
With the vision "people in rural communities are empowered to sustainably manage their own livelihood systems in an equal and compassionate society", in the framework of the project "Vietnamese NGOs toward ethnic minority communities' livelihoods in Northern mountainous areas", SRD has equipped local farmers with technical and credit knowledge, and developed two community livelihoods clubs and interest groups at Tam Thanh and Vo Mieu Communes to develop and diversify appropriate livelihoods models for poor farmers and ethnic minority communities. SRD also has conveyed ideas, suggestions and initiatives from grass – root level, both of local people and authorities to policy forums at higher level.
Centre of Research and Development in Upland Area (CERDA)
Founded in 2004, Centre of Research and Development in Upland Area (CERDA) is a non – profit organization governed by Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA), with an operation permit from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The center works with disadvantaged groups, ethnic minority people, women and children with the aim of promoting their participation in managing their community, helping them have equal opportunity to access to public resources, and encouraging them to engage in sustainable natural resource use. and sustain economic, social and environmental development. Moreover, CERDA is committed to improving the quality of life for these targeted groups and promoting their participation in the country's political, economic and social life.
Since 2004, CERDA has implemented community development projects promoting the full participation of people, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Such activites include promoting grass – root democracy, supporting them to excercise their rights and responsibilities, promoting gender equality, effective community governance, sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and sustainable use of natural resources. CERDA has participated in many networks and , workshops to share experience and initiatives, which equips the center with much valuable experience in development field. CERDA has the support of a number of international as well as domestic organizations in the development field through networking activities and colaborative activities.
With the mission"support and promote vulnerable groups, ethnic minority people, women and children to participate effectively and equaly in political, economic and social life", CERDA has helped to develop two self – managed groups and safe tea production cooperatives at Duc Luong and Phu Cuong Communes of Thai Nguyen Provinces. The center also focuses on improving the capacity for key farmers in these groups and introducing livelihood models which provide clean goods based on commodity production.
Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM)
Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM) is a non – profit organization and registered as a member of Vietnam Union of Geological Sciences and Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association. CSDM has been implementing development and hunger eradication and poverty reduction projects since 1998 in Lang Son Province. The center focuses on improving ethnic minority people's capacity, both the officers and local people, to deal with difficulties, take full advantage of local socio – economic development; preserving natural resources based on traditional and indigenous knowledge and culture combining with advanced science and technology; supporting ethnic minority communites to eradicate hunger and reduce poverty based on the reasonable and sustainable use of natural resources (land, water, forest); supporting local people to preserve and bring into play their traditional culture and indigenous practices; and improving capacity for the center's staff to respond effectively and sustainably to ethnic minority communities and disadvantaged groups' needs and expectations.
With the mission "Our dream is that disadvantaged and ethnic minority people can have better living conditions, preserve and hand out traditional culture to the next generations. Every ethnic minority person will be proud of their tradional culture and confident in polictical, economic, social and environmental life ", CSDM is implementing many activities in Tan Son and Na Meo Communes of Hoa Binh Province. CSDM has helped to build community – based organizations and self – managed teams within the two communes, fully improve their capacity as well as support them with technique, loans to develop diversified livelihoods models.