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Edmund Malesky shares insights from citizen survey on governance in Vietnam

The Duke Center for International Development director helped launch the 2022 Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) Report.

Edmund Malesky, director of the Duke Center for International Development and professor of political science, presented insights from the 2022 Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) Report during a launch event on April 12 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

PAPI is a policy monitoring tool that assesses Vietnamese citizens’ experiences and satisfaction with government performance at the national and subnational levels in governance, public administration, and public service delivery. The annual survey measures eight dimensions: participation at local levels, transparency, vertical accountability, control of corruption, public administrative procedures, public service delivery, environmental governance and e-government.

With a record 16,117 respondents randomly selected from all of Vietnam’s 63 provinces, PAPI is in a unique position to deliver invaluable insights into government performance at all levels two years into its 2021-26 term and actualize the 2023 legislative agenda.

Headlined by a rebound in citizens’ economic optimism that contrasts with still visible scarring from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 PAPI report provides an important temperate check on government performance and reveals changing public sentiment in the fight against corruption amid high expectations of effective governance that meets people’s evolving aspirations.

Malesky, who has served on the PAPI research team since the survey’s initial pilot in 2009, discussed the survey’s findings related to e-services for citizen participation in e-governance, as well as migrant-inclusive governance and the drivers of internal migration.

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PAPI is a result of collaboration between the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES), Centre for Research and Training of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF-CRT), Real-Time Analytics and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).