HANOI — Vietnam’s Human Development Index grew 43.8 percent between 1980 and 2014. In real terms, this means that life expectancy at birth has jumped from 67.6 years to 75.8 years. The average amount of completed schooling increased from 4.2 years to 7.5 years, and gross national income per capita saw a five-fold increase. Those responsible for these improvements are the Vietnamese government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and many other foreign aid programs.
The Vietnam War (1959-1975) decimated the Vietnamese economy and population. Despite this crippling blow, economic development in Vietnam has grown every year since its end. A country that was once considered a basket case proved the international community wrong. In 2013, President Barack Obama met with President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam to reaffirm country relations and to discuss the USAID program for Vietnam development. This program began in 2014 and …
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