NGO Resource Centre News - January 15 - 31

Dear MEMBERS and FRIENDS,

Welcome to the NGO Resource Centre Newsletter for January 15 - 31, 2008.

The first draft Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) 7, which includes 61 proposed policy actions, was sent to the Government of Vietnam in December 2007. The policy dialogue between donors, including NGOs and government representatives, will take place between between Monday, January 21, and Friday, February 1st. Please contact the NGO RC at director@ngocentre.org.vn, if your organisation is interested in taking
part in any of the policy discussion on any of the following topics: Global integration; State sector reform; Financial sector reform; Private sector development; Infrastructure; Education; Health; Social Protection; Gender; Land and forests; Water; The environment; Planning processes; Public financial management; Legal development; Public administration reform; and Fighting corruption. he draft policy matrix an other related documents can be downloaded at the following link:
http://www.ngocentre.org.vn/node/99.

COMINGO and the People's Committee of Hoa Binh are pleased to invite representatives of your organisation to attend the Conference on Strengthening the Co-operation between Hoa Binh and INGOs, which will be held at the Meeting Hall of the Provincial People's Committee, Hoa Binh city on 25 January, 2008.

As the focal point for the UNFCCC, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)  has decided to establish a Policy Dialogue Platform on Climate Change (CCPDP) under the auspices of the International Support Group for Natural Resources and Environment (ISGE) to facilitate information sharing and to ensure a well-coordinated approach to climate change issues in Viet Nam. MONRE and ISGE Secretariat will hold a workshop entitled "Policy Dialogue Platform on Climate Change and National Target Program in coping with Climate Change" on January 23. If your
organisation is interested in participating, please contact director@ngocetnre.org.vn. For more information on NGOs and climate change please visit  the following link: http://www.ngocentre.org.vn/node/5457.

In agency news this week, we would like to inform you, as of 1 January 2008, the Atlantic Philanthropies (Vietnam) Limited office will be relocated at: #31, Lane 151B Thai Ha Str, Dong Da Dist., Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-514-8923; Fax: 84-4-514-8924.

There are two working group meetings coming up in the next few weeks: the Water Supply and Sanitation Working Group will be held on January 18 from 14:00 – 16:00, at the NGO RC; the Microfinance Working Group will be held on January 25 from 8:00 – 12:30 at Dien Luc Hotel, 30 Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; the Man have Sex with Man Subgroup Meeting  will be held on 23 January from 14:00 – 16:00 at Army Hotel, 33C Pham Ngu Lao, Ha Noi.
 
See the Calendar section below for more details.

All the best from the NGO Resource Centre Team.