Improving Livelihoods and Increasing Resilience of Poor Rural Ethnic Minority Women and Men to the Effects of Climate Change and Variability – Vietnam Information for Adaptation (InfoAct) – Final Project Evaluation, December 2021 – Vietnam

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ABSTRACT

The “Information for Adaptation in Vietnam” (InfoAct) project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, abbreviated as BMZ, and jointly implemented by CARE Vietnam (CVN) and three local partners, named Center for Community Development (CCD), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Lai Chau (DARD) and Vietnamese Women’s Union of Lai Chau Province (VWU). The project sites include four communes in Dien Bien province and four communes in Lai Chau province, namely: Muong Phang and Pa Khoang communes (Dien Bien district); Communes of Ang Cang and Ang Nua (Muong Ang district); Communes of Than Thuoc, Trung Dong, Ho Mit and Nam So of Tan Uyen district, Lai Chau province. The overall objective of the InfoAct project is to improve the livelihoods and increase the resilience of poor ethnic minority women and men in rural areas to the effects of climate change and variability. This should be accomplished through a specific objective (outcome) to ensure that ethnic minority households in rural areas have better access to and use of climate information, and resources to help increase their climate resilience. The InfoAct project mainly focuses on two target groups: (1) 5,000 ethnic minority households, especially women, in the provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau and (2) government authorities and service providers, namely the Department of Hydrometeorology, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the provinces VWU and CCD. As InfoAct was to phase out after three years of implementation and close all activities by November 2021, an independent final evaluation was conducted to understand the impacts/results of the project and key lessons learned.

The final evaluation applied a mixed approach using qualitative and quantitative data from primary and secondary sources. Primary data was collected from key informants and the household survey. The household survey was conducted among 363 and 266 people in the provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau, respectively. A total of 49 in-depth interviews (IDI) were conducted with stakeholders. In addition, 34 women and 39 men from two provinces participated in focus group discussions (FGDs).

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