Institute for Social Development Studies


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The Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organization registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA). The Institute was established on May 27th 2002 by the Decision 468/TC-LHH of VUSTA. It enjoys a national reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to apply academic knowledge to address national challenges – to inform as well as to influence. ISDS’ vision of Vietnam is to be a country in which poverty is eliminated, the voices of all people are heard, and rights-based social justice prevails.

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Report: “Social factors Determining Gender Inequality in Vietnam”

In March, 2016,  The Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS),  published a new report: “Social factors Determining Gender Inequality in Vietnam”. This research study conducted by the Institute for Social Development Studies between 2012 to 2015 with support from Te Ford Foundation, Oxfam Novib, and the Australian Government.


The study includes a nationally representative survey covering 4212 women and 4212 men aged between 18-65 from 9 cities and provinces, namely Hà Nội, Hồ Chí Minh City, Đà Nẵng, Thai Bình, Phú Tọ, Lâm Đồng, Bình Tuận, Vĩnh Long and Tây Ninh, and a qualitative research undertaken in Hà Nội, Hưng Yên, Hồ Chí Minh City and Long An.

This research study “Social factors Determining Gender Inequality in Vietnam” presented in this report is an attempt to contribute to the join efort to answer these questions. Te overall objective of this research study is to understand the dimensions, nature and determinants of gender inequality in Vietnam. Te specifc objectives of this study are to:

i.  describe gender practice and gender attitudes in Vietnam

ii.  explore factors that contribute to gender inequality in Vietnam

iii.  develop recommendations for improvement of policy and intervention programs for the

promotion of gender equality in Vietnam.

The report has 160 pages in length. It was published in March 2016 both in English and Vietnamese



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National Consultation workshop Vietnam Land Access for Women Program

On March 18th and 19th 2015, a National Consultation workshop was held in Movenpick Hotel, Hanoi, as an event of the Vietnam Land Access for Women Program carried out by the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), sponsored by USAID.

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