Asia Pacific


Integrated Policy

Accelerating Vietnam’s Transition Toward Inclusive and Integrated Social Protection

The programme brief description

While Vietnam has a relatively developed social protection system and social insurance system, these two have been independently designed and implemented, leading to gaps in coverage. Children, older people, and people with disabilities lack adequate social protection. This Joint Programme will thus support Vietnam in accelerating its transition towards an inclusive and integrated social protection system. It will aim to achieve the targets set by the government of Vietnam on social insurance, social assistance, and digitalizing social protection service delivery and M&E system. The focus is on expanding the coverage of social insurance and social assistance services to the most vulnerable groups, in order to accelerate the progress towards achieving the SDG. 


The long-term impact of the UNJP’s integrated approach aims to include, by 2030, having 100% of the 20 million children in Vietnam benefiting from social protection. This would also represent an expansion from 30% to 45% of the workforce participating in social insurance. Likewise, 100% of women giving birth would be protected, as opposed to the 26% who currently have access to paid maternity leave. The new multi-tiered social protection system would also increase old-age protection to 60% of the elderly, as per the Government’s targets, up from around 30% today. Finally, while the current social assistance benefit for PLWD reaches around one million people, the project will promote an expansion to an additional one million people plus an additional 200,000 caregivers. The long-term impact of the intervention could expand care services to 100% of the elderly by 2030, which would be an additional 2 million PLWD. 

Target groups

Women, children, the elderly, people living with disabilities, ethnic minorities.

Quick facts

Total budget:
US $2,800,803

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)

January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022 (29 months)

Financial Information