This study was undertaken as part of the ILO project “Extension of Micro-insurance and Microfinance to Informal sector Women Workers”. This project was part of an inter-regional programme, funded by the French government, whose objective was to develop a variety of innovative mechanisms to expand social protection to excluded groups. The other participating countries were Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. The lessons learnt from these three experiences were intended to contribute to national and international debate on poverty reduction and the extension of social protection.

To support the further development of specifically small enterprises the ILO in collaboration with the VCCI introduced Poverty Reduction through Integrated Small Enterprise Development (PRISED) in Vietnam. The objective of the project is to contribute to local economic growth and poverty reduction by creating more and better jobs through the promotion of private sector development. The project aims foster private sector development by encouraging partnerships between the SME sector and provincial government.