Missions & Goals
MISSIONS AND GOALS • ONE VIETNAM • 2009 1
Long s. Le
Da nang universiTy
Kea new ZeaLanD
Haas scHooL of Business
JaMes H. Bao
neiL nguyen Huu
uyen P. nguyen
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OneVietnam connects and organizes the
people and groups that seek to make
Vietnam a better place to learn, work,
Our goal is to create a network that makes people,
organizations, and information centrally accessible.
We want to enable members of the community to
work together, share resources, and eliminate the
duplicative work that hinders progress. By providing
the platform that empowers people to take action,
we hope to accelerate Vietnam’s success through the
compounded efforts of the community.
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Uniquely Young Population Strong GDP Growth
High Cell Phone Usage
vietnam at a glance
Less than 25 yrs.
Between 26 and 45 yrs.
Between 46 and 60 yrs. $10
Greater than 60 yrs.
1992 1997 2002 2007
1992 1997 2002 2007 Metro Urban Rural
Saigon & Hanoi Rural
Vietnam has transformed
Source: Vietnam Statistics Office, 2008 Source: World Bank Source: Nielsen Omnibus 2008 itself in the last 20 years
VIETNAM: THEN AND NOW
to become one of the fast-
est growing nations in
Prior to the 1990s, many people did not have access to basic amenities such as
running faucets, flushing toilets, or a reliable electricity source. To the world, Asia. Despite its growth,
Vietnam was a poor and underdeveloped nation.
Vietnam still stands at the
However, in the last 20 years, Vietnam has made extraordinary progress and
is now hailed as the next Asian Tiger. Vietnam’s GDP has grown more than
crossroad of progress and
seven times since 1992, largely due to its shift towards an open, market-based
economy. It is a young and tech-savvy nation, with the average population
stagnation. Success relies
age of 25 and the highest internet penetration rate among its neighbors. In on the compounded effort
fact, Vietnamese are the tenth largest spender on technology in the world, as
a percentage of income. According to A.T. Kearney’s 2008 report, Vietnam is of our community to steer
the most attractive retail market in the world. With its ascension to the World
Trade Organization in 2007 and its membership in the Asia Pacific Economic development in the right
Cooperation, Vietnam is becoming a major player in the global economy.
Rank: Largest Rank: GDP Life Expec- Adult Literacy Estimated ‘09
Populations Per Capita tancy (94th) Rate Inflation
13th 116th 71yrs 90% 11%
World Bank, 2008 World Bank, 2008 CIA Factbook, 2008 UNICEF State of 2008-2010 IMA
the World’s Chil- Asia Brief, 2008
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GDP Per Capita Although Vietnam has made impressive progress, it is still far from becoming the fifth
$60,000 Asian Tiger. With the world’s 13th largest population, Vietnam’s GDP per capita ranks a mere
$51,142 116th in the world. In fact, Vietnam’s GPD per capita is dwarfed next to the Asian Tigers.
Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School, assesses that Vietnam’s economic
$30,881 reforms remain insufficient, and the country needs a long term economic strategy in order to
improve its standard of living. Vietnam’s long term economic policy must focus on improving
its competitiveness, which depends in part on increasing productivity of workers through
health and education. Although it has one of the highest labor force participation in the world,
Vietnam’s labor productivity is significantly lower than the majority of the world. Poverty also
Vietnam Singapore Hong Kong Taiwan South Korea remains a large threat to Vietnamese families who are unable to meet basic nutritional needs,
let alone afford adequate education.
Source: International Monetary Funds, 2008
Learn: Education Fails to Work: Lack of Opportuni- Live: Stagnant Social Devel-
Meet Job Demands ties and High Skilled Jobs opment and Protection
Vietnam lacks human resource development to Vietnam’s work force is dominated by manu- Approximately
effectively compete in the global economy. Al- facturing and agriculture, accounting for 21.4% 30% of Vietnam-
though enrollment has risen sharply, the qual- and 20.3% of GDP, respectively (Asian Develop- ese people are
ity of education remains low. Both curricula ment Bank, 2008). Many companies hesitate to living on less
and teaching material are dated, with 62% of invest in a white-collar work force that’s often than $2 USD per
the textbooks still in Russian, and 55% pub- viewed as inferior to that of India, China, and day (World Bank,
lished before 1980 (VSVN Foundation). As a other neighboring countries. As a result, Viet- 2002). The main
result, students do not have the skills to meet nam competes on low skilled labor, leading to cause of traffick-
the demands of global companies. This is re- low GDP per capita and wages. Vietnam has ing men, women,
flected in the fact that degrees from Vietnam- one of the lowest minimum monthly wages in and children for
ese universities are not accepted in other parts the world at less than $50 per month (Global sexual and labour exploitation is poverty.
of the world. Competitiveness Report, 2008). Due to lack of
job security and available opportunities, 36% With only 1 doctor for every 2,000 people in
Furthermore, Vietnamese universities fail to of Vietnamese named job security as their the country and insufficient medical equip-
attract international experts and retain its number one concern. ment, easily preventable health problems often
brightest minds. The most promising students become deadly. The country’s most vulnerable
are attracted to universities and opportunities Primary Concerns of Vietnamese population are often neglected because of the
abroad, creating a drain on the country’s intel- Job Security %&" lack of public programs to care for the old, sick,
lectual resource. Those left behind simply can- and orphaned. Furthermore, children of the ru-
not find the opportunities and training to put Economy $$" ral areas are forced to skip school to work, hin-
their talents to use. dering their ability to support themselves in the
Life Balance #"
future and perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Source: Neilsen Global0Online Survey, 2009
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Why a Network
Makes Us More Effective.
Lack of Coordination Slows Progress
The myriad of problems that hampers Vietnam’s • Duplicative efforts create inefficiencies and waste time and money.
progress have not gone unnoticed. Individuals and • Fragmented groups lack the resource and scale to address large issues.
organizations, inside and outside of Vietnam, have • Inability to tap the community at large impedes the ability to gain sup-
set out to cure Vietnam’s ills. Some efforts have been port and grow.
highly successful, but most fail to reach the scale re- • Lack of information limits the ability to effectively identify needs, oppor-
quired for permanent change. More often than not, tunities, and allocate efforts.
projects fail to launch and organizations burn out or
lose momentum. The lack of a community and coor-
dination lead to:
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Online Network: Join the cause by choosing from a
database of organizations and initia-
Linking the global community tives.
Make new contacts with individuals
Our solution is to create a network that makes people, orga- and groups with similar interests and
nizations, and information centrally accessible. goals.
With a network, we can eliminate duplicative work, reduce
fragmentation, tap the community, and share information. Collaborate with other groups to ex-
Anyone can join or grow their own initiatives that aid in
Vietnam’s development. Individuals can use the network to
pand existing projects and eliminate
identify needs, brainstorm solutions, and find the necessary overlap.
resources to help launch their projects. Existing organiza-
tions can similarly utilize the network to collaborate, recruit,
and fund raise. Tap the Collective. Identify needs.
Share opportunities. Track efforts.
A launching platform
The offline network supplements the online network by providing a live forum to identify Vietnam’s needs and opportunities, find
potential solutions, and initiate action. Our meetings will provide a focused environment to discuss specific aspects of Vietnam,
from heath care to education and business. At each meeting, we will invite experts within the specific fields to educate and facili-
tate discussions on the topic. Meanwhile, we will allow community leaders and organizations to present their solution and begin
gaining momentum for their initiatives. To avoid stagnation, our goal for every meeting is to walk away with tangible results and
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How a Network There are 3 million Vietnamese
expatriates around the world. Each
Unlocks Value. year, they send $7 billion USD to
Vietnam, amounting to nearly 10% of
Among them are lawyers, doctors, NASA
scientists, news anchors, world renowned
inventors, award-winning chefs, and even
the most feared fighter in the world (4).
Imagine the possibilities if those 3 million
expatriates worked together.
With a strong network, the global
Vietnamese community can pool together
its knowledge, capital, and resources
to get things done faster, cheaper, and
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Potential of the Network
1 Combine Massive Resources
What we can do with
No other Southeast Asian country relies on the resources and relationships with
its expatriate population like Vietnam. Between 2003 and 2007, Vietnamese living
overseas sent a total of $20 billion USD to Vietnam in the form of remittances or
gifts to family members. Remittances from the Vietnamese expatriate community
amount to 7 to 8 percent of Vietnam’s GDP every year.
Remittances to Vietnam
New schools Millions of lap-
and libraries. tops for educa-
Remittances as % of GDP
$4,000 Remittances in $ millions
$3,000 Supply of clean wa- Kilometers of
ter for the entire new highway
population of VN. road.
80 Yrs. 6,900
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Source: World Bank, 2008
In 2008, Vietnam is estimated to receive $7.2 billion USD in remittances, making
it the fourth largest recipient of remittances in the world. Imagine what just a
fraction of that $7.2 billion USD could do for Vietnam if it could be organized and
put toward a collective effort.
Instead of having a few hundred dollars to spend, Vietnamese families can to-
gether help build the infrastructure that will ensure the prosperity of generations
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Vietnamese Around the World
Our unique network is world wide. Whether
you’re at a beer garden in Germany or in the
outback of Australia, we’re there!
United States 1,600,000
2 Make Big Impact 3 Leverage a Global Community
Imagine if the only thing that stands in the way of your idea The Vietnamese community is uniquely global. There are commu-
and reality is a few clicks of a button. nities of at least 10,000 spread over 30+ countries; from France
(250,000) to Poland (50,000) and even 13,000 Kiwis in New Zealand!
Need help? Tap the network of existing organizations
to collaborate or partner up with. With a strong cultural emphasis on education, Vietnamese people
have risen to the highest levels of their fields. From successful entre-
Need volunteers? Recruit from a pool of indi- preneurs to respected politicians and scientists, the world wide Viet-
viduals already interested in causes like yours. namese com-
Need contacts, records, guides? Search from a com-
to be an ex-
“Strength is derived
mon knowledge base; open and free. tremely valu-
from unity. The range
The network eliminates the barriers that deter people from
taking action. By empowering everyone in the community
that can pro-
of our collective vision
to do their part, we pave the way for their small efforts to
compound into major results. One person sending 30 books
and experi- is far greater when
to Vietnam a year can stock one class room. 300,000 people
sending 30 books to Vietnam will build a library to rival the
ences in an
increasingly individual insights be-
largest library in the world (United States Library of Con-
gress) in less than 5 years.
my. come one.”
- Andrew Carnegie
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Viet D. Dinh (1) Vietnamese people have Truong Dinh Tran
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Billionaire & Philanthropist
Mr. Dinh served as the U.S. Assistant made important contribu- Mr. Tran began his hotel business after
Attorney General from 2001 to 2003. Mr.
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from tions to society in business, immigrating to New York and has owned
and operated major hotels in Manhattan.
Harvard University in 1990. He later
returned to Harvard Law School, where
politics, media, sports and After the September 11 terrorist attacks
on the United States, Mr. Tran donated
culture. Here are a few re-
a valuable network
he was a Class Marshal, Olin Research $2 million USD to the American Red
Fellow in Law and Economics, bluebook Cross Disaster Relief Fund. He also has
editor of the Harvard Review, and knowned faces from our im- a reputation for providing generous
graduated magna cum laude in 1993.
Post law school, Mr. Dinh served as a law
pressive community. assistance to countless Vietnamese
American community events.
clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals and
the U. S. Supreme Court. Cung Le (4)
Kick boxing World Champion
Betty Nguyen (2) Arguably the most prominent Vietnamese
CNN Anchor athlete, Mr. Le is the current Strikeforce
Ms. Nguyen made her mark in American Middleweight Champion. Mr. Le’s
journalism by winning countless awards: impressive record includes an undefeated
Associated Press Award, Legacy of kick boxing career (22-0), three time
Women Award, Great Women of Texas world champion in martial arts, and four
Honoree, and a regional Emmy award. time US national champion.
By 2004, she was anchoring at one of the
1 4 Duy-Loan Le (5)
most watched news channel, CNN, and
covering top breaking news. TI Executive & Inventor
Ms. Le was the first woman and the first
Dr. Eugene H. Trinh (3) Asian to be elected as Texas Instruments
NASA Director & Astronaut Senior Fellow in history. Only four others
Dr. Trinh is the first Vietnamese in outer hold the distinction in the world. Ms. Le
space. He hold a Bachelor’s Degree from has accumulated 24 patents and received
Columbia University and a doctorate in countless recognition (e.g. Women in
applied physics from Yale University. He Technology Hall of Fame, Asian American
is currently the Director of the Physical Engineer of the Year, and Congressional
Sciences Research Division at NASA. 2 5 Special Recognition). She is also an avid
Timothy Linh Bui
Hung Huynh (6)
Mr. Bui has directed, produced, and
Top Chef Winner
Born in Vietnam and raised in Pittsfield,
written multiple award winning films,
Massachusetts, Chef Huynh received his
including Three Seasons and Green
first culinary training as a young boy at
Dragon. His most recent movie, Blue
his family’s Vietnamese restaurant. He
Powder, stars Jessica Beil, Forest
later became the winner of Bravo cable
Whitaker, and Patrick Swayze.
3 6 television’s Top Chef.
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Profile Sources: 1) US Supreme Court Website 2) CNN News Network 3) NASA 4) K Superstar 5) Mark Eveslage 6) Bravo Network
The Pearl of the Orient can shine again.
By fostering trust and collaboration among
new and old generations of Vietnamese
across the globe, we can reinvigorate inter-
est in Vietnam and provide opportunities A Globally Competitive Work Force
for talented professionals abroad to invest
We envision the day when Vietnamese students no longer have to look
in their homeland. abroad for a quality education. Investments in textbooks, research
equipment, and training for teachers can modernize the Vietnamese
Vietnam can become a country where citi- educational system. With the right education and training, Vietnamese
students no longer have to defer to low-skilled jobs. Rather, they can
zens enjoy prosperity and high standard of be on an even playing field to compete for intellectually stimulating and
living paralleling other economic power- high paying careers.
houses of Asia. Vietnamese people all over
Being globally competitive also means Vietnam can retain its brightest
the world can take pride in our own culture minds and reverse the effects of the “brain drain” that have been strip-
and nation. ping away the nation’s intellectual resource. These bright minds will en-
sure the continual development of Vietnam for generations to come.
Together, we can make Vietnam a bet-
ter place to learn, work, and live.
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Prosperous Careers Happy Living
By refocusing attention on Vietnam and encouraging investments in With quality jobs, high productivity, and job security, Vietnamese citi-
the country, we envision an active job market that provides Vietnamese zens can focus on long-term projects to eliminate many major prob-
workers with careers, not just jobs. lems such as poverty, human trafficking, and labor exploitation.
We encourage the development of an entrepreneurial culture where em- Our combined resources can provide the health care and nutrition re-
ployees can take ownership in an intellectually challenging and stimulat- quired for the safety and health of the less fortunate. By ensuring that
ing work environment. We support the innovation and productivity that their basic necessities are met, Vietnamese families can be free to pur-
ultimately lead to higher job satisfaction. High skilled careers improve sue an education, explore their passions, and live a prosperous life.
the competitiveness of the Vietnamese labor force, enabling them to
compete for and earn higher income. The result will yield high job secu-
rity and peace of mind for Vietnam’s young work force.
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The difference between
what we do and what we
are capable of doing would
suffice to solve most of the
- Mohandas Gandhi
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