Faculty Chair: Tony Saich
Director: Thomas Vallely
Established in 1988, the Vietnam Program is a recognized leader in the study of Vietnam’s socioeconomic development, but we are no typical university center. Through a combination of research, teaching and policy advising, the Vietnam Program is an influential participant in policy dialogue that is informing Vietnam’s on-going reform process.
While focused on Vietnam, our research engages with dilemmas that are central to the broader study and practice of development.
We strive to answer the question: why do so many countries that succeed
| in escaping poverty subsequently stagnate, and how can Vietnam,and others, avoid this trap? Improving the governance of public and private institutions is an important part of the answer. Because of the primacy of governance to the challenges confronting Vietnam and other developing countries, we engage in an ongoing and dynamic interchange with the other initiatives of the Ash Institute.
We believe that development cannot be understood through the lens of a single discipline. Understanding the challenges confronting Vietnam and clarifying the policy options available to overcome them requires a sophisticated grasp of the rich fabric of contemporary Vietnamese society and the political, economic, and cultural factors that shape it.
Prior to its 2000 incorporation into the Harvard Kennedy School, the Vietnam Program was a part of the Harvard Institute of International Development.
Learn more about what we do and who we are:
||The Fulbright School, our flagship program, is Vietnam’s leading center of public policy research and reaching. read more...
||Economists and policy analysts based at Harvard and the Fulbright School study Vietnam’s socioeconomic development. read more... |
||The Program engages in research-based dialogue with Vietnamese decision-makers through discussion papers and dialogue initiatives. read more... |
||The Program draws on its experience and ongoing research to promote institutional innovation in higher education. read more... |
|| Eash summer, the Vietnam Program typically sponsors two or three students for an eight -week research internship at the Fulbright School. read more... |
||Our staff is based in Cambridge and Ho Chi Minh City. read more... |
||Our work is made possible by the generous support of a number of organizations.
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(1)Picture used with permission of the Pham Luc Collectors Club.