Vietnam is experiencing rapid growth, urbanisation and social change. In the 2019 census, Vietnam recorded the highest proportion of young people in the country’s history with 20.4 million young people, aged 10−24, accounting for 21% of the total population. The demographic trend is projected to last until 2039.

Traditional family structures are shifting, as adolescents adopt global values and consider their role in one of the top six countries in the world most impacted by climate change. Adolescents are also at the forefront of driving social change and acceptance in areas such as gender diversity and sexual health. But their voices are often muted within the Vietnamese government system. This is a crucial moment to support adolescents to map out their role and envision the future of their country.

HCA has been active in Vietnam since October 2020, with a grant to launch the project ‘Co-creating Healthy Cities for Adolescents and Youth’ in Da Nang during Phase I (2018−2022).

Read more about this Phase I project.

In February 2023, a second grant was awarded under Phase II (2022−2026) of HCA to develop and expand the project. Click the link below to read about the Phase II project.

The HCA Global Team recently commissioned a scoping study by Mekong Economics to explore opportunities for further programme expansion in Vietnam.