Norwegian Church Aid in Vietnam
- Been here since: 1994 (Also supported in 1969-1981, 1990)
- Money spent in 2015: 9.6 million NOK
NCA has been instrumental in creating legal space and political acceptance for the social activism of religious actors in Vietnam, through years of demonstrating best practices and building relations, trust and confidence with the main stakeholders. Today, NCA is the only international organisation retaining a broad cooperation with Vietnamese faith-based civil society, through organisational and technical capacity building.
Norwegian H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H Crown Princess Mette-Marit meet students at Huong Toan Primary School while they're having a swim class. Photo: Pham Van Ty/NCA Vietnam
NCA has been working in Vietnam since 1994. Over these years, NCA Vietnam has acquired a unique diplomatic position through a strong partnership with the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) and strategic relationships with religious leaders and prominent faith-based organisations (FBOs).
NCA is now gradually phasing out its presence in Vietnam. In this process, NCA is allocating considerable resources to ensure the long-term sustainability of programmes, currently dependent on NCA’s expertise. Our new interfaith partner, the Ham Long Centre (HLC), was established in 2016 and will be taking over NCA’s mandate and role. NCA is now building HLC’s capacity to serve both as the diplomatic facilitator of dialogue and as a centre specialising in capacity building and organisational development of FBOs.
A historic milestone was reached in December 2015 for NCA Vietnam. NCA organised the National Interfaith Conference (NIC), where 500 religious and political leaders were gathered in Hue, Vietnam, for the first national interfaith conference on environment and climate change. With all the leaders of country’s 14 religions present, a joint declaration was signed, providing a legal framework for the participation of faith-based actors in community mobilisation on environment and response to climate change.
We work with both a range of government and faith-based partners, but mainly with: