Vietnam: The Youth International Cooperation Development Centre (CYDECO)

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Vietnam: The Youth International Cooperation Development Centre (CYDECO)

The Youth International Cooperation Development Center (CYDECO) roots stretch back to 1931 then under the auspices of the Indochina Communist Youth Union. In its present form, in existence since 1976, CYDECO is a socio-political organization that organizes and mobilizes youth from all over Vietnam with the aim of making the people prosperous, the country powerful, the society equitable and civilized, for the happiness and the future of youth.

CYDECO’s strategy is to:

  • Make an active contribution to the common struggle for peace, national independence, sovereignty, democracy and social progress, for the equitable and sustainable development of the nations, and for the happiness of the youth.
  • Consolidate and strengthen friendship and cooperation with youth in neighbouring countries of China, Laos and Cambodia and ASEAN countries; expand relations with national youth organizations in the regions; continue the solidarity work with the democratic and progressive youth all over the world.
  • Participate actively in regional and international multilateral mechanisms and forums, including United Nations youth-related forums.
  • Improve the efficiency of relationships with foreign non-governmental organizations; expand programs of friendship exchanges with youth from other countries; enhance international public relations.
  • Make full use of cooperation projects in service of Vietnamese youth organizations and local youth movement.

In partnership with Canada World Youth

CWY and CYDECO work in partnership through the Youth Leaders in Action program. The development project implemented through this partnership focuses on building capacity for adolescents and young people of ethnic minority groups in Kim Boi district.


  • Strengthened capacity of Canadian and local youth to support communication work and contribute to the implementation of the national strategy on reproductive health and the national strategy on youth development.
  • Increased knowledge about domestic violence, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS among local youth and community members (over 1300 attendees at information sessions).
  • Increased reach of the organisation through presentations in schools and the community.

Youth Leaders Initiative

  • Hoa Binh: The project is set up to reduce the acts of domestic and school violence that occur in the community. It promotes gender equality among youth and will work with youth to stop the domestic abuse they face by drawing pictures and campaigning to promote anti-violence messages throughout the community. The group mounted a drawing exhibit with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Hanoi in 2011.

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