NGO Resource Centre Newsletter October 15 - 30, 2008

Letter from the NGO RC Managing Co-director Trine Glue Doan

Dear Members and Friends,

After more than two and half years as Managing Co-Director at the NGO Resource Centre is it now time for me to move on. I am resigning from the NGO RC in order to further my work within the environment sector.

It has been a very interesting experience to work at the NGO RC and to take part in a broad range of development activities. The support from the NGO RC team and the NGO RC Steering Committee has been crucial for my work at the Centre. It has been a great pleasure to work with different members,  government agencies and different development actors, and I would like to express my appreciation of the active engagement of many members in both on-going and new initiatives under the NGO RC, as well as the support the NGO RC and I have received from different organizations and individuals.

I will continue living in Vietnam, and I will look forward to meeting and working together again for a strengthened civil society and improved environmental governance in Vietnam.

I am presently in Denmark and will return to the NGO RC on October 29, where I will work until December 15, 2008. The NGO RC Steering Committee will start recruiting my  replacement very soon, and I encourage you to contribute with suggestions of candidates.

Best wishes,

Trine Glue Doan

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Welcome to the NGO Resource Centre Newsletter for October 15 - 30, 2008.

In news this week, the Vietnamese Government is carrying out the mid-term review for the National Targeted Programme on Poverty Reduction (NTP - PRs) and Programme 135 Phase II and are calling for feedback from NGOs (both Vietnamese and international NGOs) on these programmes. Questionnaires will be send out next week and all feedback and recommendations from NGOs are very welcome and appreciated. For further information, please contact Ms Phuong Anh at: cap.thi.phuong.anh@undppartners.org.

In other news, two new reports have been released this week - a new Oxfam briefing paper entitled "Double-Edged Prices: Lessons from the food price crisis - 10 actions developing countries should take" is available on the NGO RC website, while the WHO World Health Report 2008 entitled "Primary Health Care - now more than ever" is now available on the WHO website at http://www.who.int/whr/2008/en/index.html. Please see the New Resources section below for more information.

There are three  working group meetings coming up in the next few weeks: the Disaster Management Working Group will meet on November 4 at the NGO RC from 14.00-16.00; the Water Supply & Sanitation Working Group meeting will be held on November 7 from 15:00 – 17:00 at NGO RC; and the HIV/AID Technical Working Group meeting will be held on November 19 from 14:00 – 16:00 at Hanoi School of Public Health.

See the Calendar section for more details.

All the best from the NGO RC Team.