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Gender and Involuntary Resettlement in the Context of an Ethnic Minority Group: A Case Study in Song Bung 4 hydropower Project in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

 Master Thesis
University Affiliation:
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), ThailandResearch
The objective of this research is to analyze how
gender inclusive was the involuntary resettlement process of the ethnic
minority communities in the SB4HP, Quang Nam Province,
Vietnam.Significance of research:The study
brings actual voices of women and men in an ethnic minority group such as Co
Tu population on their livelihood and gender relations changes in involuntary
resettlement areas caused by an international aided project. Being the first
attempt on gender analysis in Vietnam, this research draws a detail analysis
on gender impacts of hydropower constructions in the country. Subsequently,
this research contributes empirically to ongoing discourse on hydropower
development in the Greater Mekong Sub region. In parallel, this research will
provide an account of efficiency of the ADB’s policy on gender and
resettlement. This research can be considered not only as a reference for
further academic studies on gender analysis, but also a supplementary
document for advancing governance and justice by demanding a full Social Impacts
Assessment of large infrastructure projects which are in pipeline in
Vietnam.Personal bio:Phan Thi Ngoc ThuyI have just finished my
master program in Gender and Development Studies at the Asian Institute of
Technology (AIT), Thailand. Still keep working for the Center for Social
Research and Development (CSRD), a local, non-profit Vietnamese NGO, based in
Hue City, I have worked with vulnerable women to build capacity in decision
making relevant to their livelihoods; and to adapt with climate change, and
industrial development. To assist CSRD and 2 other organizations coordinate
the Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN), I do monitor social impact assessments of
hydropower projects in Central Vietnam. My wish is to raise women’s voice to
stakeholders in approval process of hydropower projects. Social impacts
including gender impacts, culture impacts and indigenous people impacts
should be considered carefully as well as environment impacts to minimize
influences on women, especially indigenous women who are responsible of
poverty management in families.

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