University of Technology Sydney hosts six Australia Awards fellows from Vietnam this month
May 8, 2017

ISF and IWEM conducting research on small-scale water enterprises in rural Vietnam in December 2016 (Source: University of Technology Sydney).​
The University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) has welcomed a team of Vietnamese water resources specialists for two weeks’ learning and exchange. 

The six fellows from the Institute of Water Resources Economics and Management (IWEM) are being hosted under the Australia Awards Fellowships program, which provides short term opportunities for study within Australia, including research and professional development activities, hosted by Australian organisations. 

IWEM were local research partners in the ISF-led Enterprise in WASH Initiative, which demonstrated the existence of inequitable outcomes in provision of piped water services by both private and other service providers in rural Vietnam. IWEM also contributed to a review of the policy and governance mechanisms incentivising and managing water enterprises in Vietnam. The study was the first of its kind in Vietnam, providing robust scientific evidence on who accesses water services from small-scale private enterprises. IWEM is in a prime position to directly influence national policy through a sound evidence base and mandate to support the Government of Vietnam in rural water policy and practice.

Over two weeks, the fellows and ISF researchers will exchange research and knowledge of water resources management through training, discussions, and workshops.

The fellows will co-present a paper with ISF at OZWATER’17, Australia's international water conference and exhibition, on ‘Good water governance for inclusive growth and poverty reduction’. The joint presentation will take place on Thursday 18 May at 9am at the OZWATER conference in Sydney. 

The fellows will also meet with NSW Government representatives to learn about how Australia manages water supply (including integrated water resources management and best practice pricing) in regional and rural NSW through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. They will also meet with representatives from the Department of Primary Industries in NSW to discuss water planning processes.

The six fellows: Dr The Loi Doan, Mr Van Dao Dinh, Ms Thi Diep Pham, Ms Thi Mai Pham, Ms Thi Mai Thuy Thieu and Mr Tuan Anh Nguyen are water policy professionals and bring a wealth of experience to the fellowship. The program will build directly on their existing expertise, drawing on their knowledge and extending it to compare and contrast the Vietnam/Australia contexts, and think through how these experiences are relevant for Vietnam.  

Longer term, ISF and IWEM will continue to build on their mutual interests in pursuing opportunities to collaborate through joint research projects in sustainable and equitable water and sanitation services in Vietnam.

This is an edited version of an article originally published by the University of Technology Sydney: ISF to host six Australian Awards fellows from Vietnam​.
Last updated: May 8, 2017