The Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organization registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA). The Institute was established on May 27th 2002 by the Decision 468/TC-LHH of VUSTA. It enjoys a national reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to apply academic knowledge to address national challenges – to inform as well as to influence. ISDS’ vision of Vietnam is to be a country in which poverty is eliminated, the voices of all people are heard, and rights-based social justice prevails. The Institute mandates itself the following mission and goals:
To work with local and global partners to build a democratic, inclusive, and participatory society in Vietnam with an emphasis on promoting rights of under-privileged populations.
To become a social development think tank in two broad areas of: 1) gender, sexuality and sexual health; and 2) social inclusion of under-privileged populations; with gender and rights are cross-cutting foci. Each area is a combination of research, advocacy, information sharing, and capacity-building.
To 1) increase knowledge and understanding of gender, sexuality, sexual health and sexual rights of the general population; and 2) promote rights and greater social inclusion, empowerment and community development of under-privileged populations.
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