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From a planned city to spontaneous urbanization: Could Ho Chi Minh City go back to a sustainable development plan?

Ho Chi Minh City, 9 September 2014 — In 1862, Ho Chi Minh City was surprisingly well-constructed under the "Projet de Ville de 500.000 âmes à Saigon" (urban plan for a 500,000-inhabitant city of Saigon) by a French colonel named Paul Coffyn. A hundred fifty years later, the city has become a "fragmented city." Could it ever go back to its planned state? See more.

At-work kindergartens: the first step out of the poverty trap

Ho Chi Minh City, 7 August 2014 — Three consecutive child rape and harassment incidents have recently taken place in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City's hotspot for child harassment. Such incidents start a cycle of sexual exploitation and poverty for female migrant workers. To help their female employees, a few employers have come up with a promising initiative: at-work kindergartens. See more.

Mortgaging future social houses: a new hope for the urban poor

Ho Chi Minh City, 18 July 2014 — Starting on 16 June 2014, low-income earners in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam are allowed to mortgage their future social houses, according to Joint Circular 01/2014, a government initiative to overcome the "low purchase criteria, high loan conditions" dilemma that is preventing the urban poor from benefiting from social housing projects. See more.