Development of Pro-Poor Rural Water Actions in Collaboration with an NGO — CARE

Project Result / Case Study | 30 April 2005

This Pilot and Demonstration Activities (PDA) established a partnership with Care International, an NGO that develops pro-poor rural water interventions to ensure better access to water for health and livelihoods.


Project site Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh Provinces, Viet Nam
Cost US$ 40,000
Status Completed
Approval date March 2004
Completion date April 2005
Category Rural
ADB officer Akmal Siddiq
Partner Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and CARE International in Vietnam

Report card

Completed in April 2005, this PDA

  • Demonstrated the use of the participatory approach and participatory rural appraisal, which are relatively new methodologies in Viet Nam
  • Encouraged farmers, rural women, youth, and other underrepresented groups to
    • join local workshops and training, and
    • plan future projects together with local and provincial commune and party leaders, and with government officials
  • Published a "Manual for Participation in Irrigation Development in Viet Nam," featuring methodologies, procedures and other relevant materials, in both English and Vietnamese

Read the final report.


In March 2003, Viet Nam and ADB signed a Letter of Intent to implement the Rural Water and Poverty Initiative—now called the Water for the Poor—Partnerships for Action. In May of the same year, ADB held follow-up discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hanoi-based representatives of international NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies on modalities to catalyze the partnership.

Based on these discussions, the Partnership will be implemented at the central and regional levels—especially for the Central Region, through ADB projects, including the Central Region Water Resources Sector Project (CRWRSP), that aim to improve water resources infrastructure in six provinces.

Expected outcomes

  • active participation of an NGO in the overall design of the CRWRSP
  • inclusion of pro-poor rural water interventions in the CRWRSP
  • Government endorsement for pro-poor rural water intervention in the CRWRSP
  • Government endorsement of NGO involvement in the implementation of the CRWRSP demonstrated by earmarking funds for NGO involvement/participation