FIDR is a non-governmental organization working to support children in developing countries and people affected by disasters.

Industrial Development

A World Problem - People and areas unable to get out from economic and social vulnerability

Lately some countries in Asia and Central and South America have been achieving steady economic growth. Some are getting out of the category of developing country. However under the shadow of this economic growth, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening. While the living standard of the urban rich and middle-class people are getting wealthier, that of the poor remains the same or become worse.

Disparity between the most affluent (top 10%) and the poorest (bottom 10%) in average income

(UNDP, Human Development Report 2007/2008)

Those who are affected by and suffer from this disparity are people in countryside, women, ethnic minority groups, and people in discriminated classes. While the government policy prioritizes economic growth, the development of laws and policies for protecting socially vulnerable people is left behind and this results in widening the disparity. Poor women, in particular, are placed under social oppression and they remain in difficulty in becoming self-reliant.

Main Causes

Lack of opportunity for the poor to gain knowledge and skills
Motivation of the poor to be self-reliant is suppressed
Lack of basic infrastructure including road and communication for regional economic development
Economical situation forcing children to work
Insufficiency of laws and policies to protect the socially weak

Completed Projects

Catu Ethnic Minority Community Based Tourism Project (Vietnam)
Catu Traditional Handicraft Assistance Project (Vietnam)
Lien Chieu District Sustainable Livelihood Assistance Project (Vietnam)
Protection and Reintegration Project for Marginalized Girls (Cambodia)