Vietnam seeks aid for peoples affected by 156-MW Song Bung 4

Electricity of Vietnam and local peoples committees seek expressions of interest from consultants to assist in livelihood improvement of people affected by the proposed construction of the 156-MW Song Bung 4 hydroelectric project. Responses are due September 13.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is considering a proposal to provide US$196.5 million in funding for construction of Song Bung 4 on the Bung River in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province. (HNN 4/19/07) In related action, the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction is providing a US$2 million grant of which US$400,000 is to be allocated for the current consultancy.

The Japanese Fund grant is to support adaptation of relocated villagers to new environments, development of land use and agricultural practices, capacity building of ethnic minorities in livelihoods development, and increasing competence of local authorities in resettlement management.

The executing agency for the grant, Quang Nam Provincial Peoples Committee, seeks a non-governmental organization or consulting firm with strong presence in Vietnam to provide consulting services for the effort. Experts sought include a community develoment and ethnic minority specialist, gender specialist, crop specialist for highland agriculture, livestock specialist, inland fisheries specialist, non-farm income generation specialist, and village-based community mobilization specialist.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the ABD Internet site at

Expressions of interest are due by September 13. For information, contact Pradeep Perera, Infrastructure Division, South East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank, Room 6433, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326571; E-mail:; Internet:

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