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Title: Desperately seeking model countries: The World Bankin Vietnam
Authors: Cling, Jean-Pierre
Razafindrakoto, Mireille
Roubaud, François
Keywords: World Bank
Việt Nam
Development aid
Model country
Series/Report no.: Document de travail DIAL Septembre 2009;
Abstract: Vietnam is a very important country for the World Bank.It is the first recipient of IDA credits. It is also presented by the Bank as a model country for development success, especially in terms of poverty reduction. At the same time, the Bank is very active in Vietnam: it is the first provider of development aid; it is also the leader in economic research. Starting from a detailed diagnosis on the Bank’s activities in Vietnam and on the contents of policies it promotes in this country, this paper analyses the political economy of the relationship between the Bankand the Vietnamese government. Since there is no IMF programme in Vietnam, the Bank is the main government partner among donors. But the Bank’s influence over Vietnam’s development pathis limited. The Vietnamese government has always refused to adopt policies imposed by foreign organizations and the Vietnamese institutions are strong enough to be able to form an alter ego for the Bank and to achieve “ownership” of public policies. One could almost say that Vietnam is more important for the Bank than the latter is for Vietnam, especially because the Bank gains a politicaladvantage image-wise from what it can hold up as a success story due to its work
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