Vietnam

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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H Crown Princess Mette-Marit visit a swimming class
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

How we are organized

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. ​

Our programmes

NCA’s work is focused on:
  • Advocacy to build support and space for FBO interventions
  • Facilitation of dialogue, networking and cooperation across faiths and between religious and government actors
  • Capacity building of religious leaders and community activists
  • Development of community pilots and reference projects
 

Emergency Preparedness and Rapid Response

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.

This political declaration from the national inter-faith conference is a landmark event, opening a political door and a new arena for religious actors in Vietnam. Since then, NCA has started building the institutional capacity of the key FBOs especially on emergency preparedness, in order for them to scale up their ability to provide basic services and local coordination in natural disasters.
 
Monk Thich Thanh Huan from Phap Van Pagoda in Ha Noi
 NCA Vietnam supports faith-based organisations in home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Here we see Monk Thich Thanh Huan from Phap Van Pagoda in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Van Ty/NCA Vietnam
 

 

Who we work with

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).

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Partners

We work with both a range of government and faith-based partners, but mainly with:

  • The Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front
  • Buddhist leaders and social organisations in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Catholic leaders and Caritas in Haiphong, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Local leaders within the Balamon faith community in Ninh Thuan Province