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How to Set Up an NGO in Vietnam

  • Non-government organizations (NGOs) in Vietnam can carry out development assistance and charitable activities, which are categorized as non-profit

  • Vietnam recently updated the legal framework for NGOs by issuing Decree No 58/2022/ND-CP, which is effective November 1, 2022

  • Types of NGOs in Vietnam include NGOs, not-for-profit charities, foundations, and religious-based NGOs

  • To set up an NGO in Vietnam, foreign NGOs must apply for foreign NGO status and notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs

  • The application process for foreign NGOs includes submitting a file of documents, including a detailed plan for the organization's activities in Vietnam, to the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs

  • Once an NGO has received foreign NGO status, it must register with the Department of Planning and Investment and the local authorities where it will carry out its activities

  • NGOs in Vietnam must adhere to strict regulations and report regularly on their activities to the government

  • NGOs in Vietnam can face challenges such as bureaucracy, cultural differences, and a lack of understanding of the NGO sector by local authorities.

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