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.
Viet Nam is to be a more prosperous country, where the voices of all people are heard, and rights-based social justice prevails, social diversity is embraced, and equality is guaranteed for all.
To identify and formulate high quality, independent research and provide evidence-based, innovative and practical recommendations that promote inclusive, sustainable social development in Viet Nam and contribute solutions to relevant regional and global issues.
At ISDS we adapt to and practice the highest technical qualities and ethical standards expected of our profession to be competent, trustworthy, respectful, committed and cooperative.
We are committed to the qualities of being honest, responsible and moral uprightness in delivering our work as well as in building interpersonal relationships between co-workers, customers and stakeholders.
As a core value of our approach, ISDS reinstates the principle of respect for and acceptance of new ideas and beliefs that are free from prejudice. We believe that only by holding this principle as a core value, ISDS can truly become a think tank that is able to deliver on its mission.
At ISDS we believe that passion creates excellence that in turn will give meaning and quality to our work, delivering satisfaction to our clients while striving to exceed expectations.
Being accountable goes beyond just being responsible for our actions in all aspects of our conduct and work, it will also contribute to the cultivation of our goals for the Institute including excellence in all our activities.
To work with local and global partners to build a democratic, inclusive, and participatory society in Vietnam with an emphasis on promoting rights of under-privileged populations.
To become a social development think tank in two broad areas of: 1) gender, sexuality and sexual health; and 2) social inclusion of under-privileged populations; with gender and rights are cross-cutting foci. Each area is a combination of research, advocacy, information sharing, and capacity-building.
To 1) increase knowledge and understanding of gender, sexuality, sexual health and sexual rights of the general population; and 2) promote rights and greater social inclusion, empowerment and community development of under-privileged populations.