Dao, Mai Thi Hoang (2007). "The role of collective action, social capital and institution to reinforce individual and collective capabilities: the case of Vietnam" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

Vietnam is in the period of transition from a central-planned economy into a market-oriented economy. Although developing the market is necessary, sufficient conditions for bringing those market opportunities fully into play are that the poor should gain enough capabilities.The key question is therefore how to empower the poor farmers? This paper argues that collective action could play an important role in the access of the farmers (and poor farmers in particular) to the market by encourage their empowerment (through their capability and agency).