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Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established by the Decision 468/TC-LHH dated 27th May 2002 of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). Until now, ISDS has been recognized as one of the leading reputable research institutes in Viet Nam for its high-quality research and appliance of social […]

Distribute Face Mask for COVID-19 prevention

On February 7, 2020, 1,000 activated carbon cloth face masks were distributed to more than 500 patients and their families at the Vietnam National Blood Center. This is one of the activities of #ISDS to support the prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic.


Research From its earliest years, ISDS has been pioneering unique studies of gender, sexuality and sexual health in Vietnam. Two most notable studies are a qualitative inquiry on the social construction of sexuality in Vietnam in 2003; and a national survey on sexuality and sexual health in 2009. In addition to the studies of the […]

Internal and international migrants

Research Migration became one of the major areas of interest of ISDS since 2002 when the Insitute joined a regional team of institutions doing collaborative research on social protection in Asia, an initiative of The Ford Foundation. In this research, migrants have been addressed among those disadvantaged groups and needed better social protection.  The research […]

People with disabilities

Research Starting from 2007, the Institute has inquired into a new area of research and advocacy on disability. With a grant from The Ford Foundation, ISDS undertook the first large scale survey on disability in Vietnam at high prevalence provinces. Amongst groups of people with disabilities (PWDs), people whose disabilities were likely caused by Agent […]

People living with HIV

Research ISDS’ works in this area started in 2002 with a ground-breaking research “Understanding HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Vietnam”, collaborated with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and funded by the USAID. The research is unique as it has traced the root causes of stigma and discrimination (S&D) from the discourse of […]

Anniversary of ISDS’s Founding

On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of its founding (May 27, 2002 – May 27, 2020), #ISDS would like to express sincere thanks to the partners, donors, organizations and individuals, who have supported and accompanied # ISDS throughout the years. Your valuable support and cooperation have helped #ISDS to achieve its ideal of promoting […]

Strategic Plan

ISDS believes that generating and sharing knowledge, through research, information sharing, capacity building and advocating for social causes identified and understood from doing research and working with grass-root, will plays important part in realizing these above mission and goals. As such, each area of work is a unique combination of all these four interrelated activities. […]