No.13 Urban Poverty During COVID-19 in Vietnam: A Case Study of the Ma Lang-Dong Tien Neighborhood, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Urban Poverty is a thorny issue for developing societies. But, while poverty can be a consequence of the pressure for economic growth, the urban poor are also the engine of that growth. This paper uses the case of Ma Lang-Dong Tien (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) to investigate the various manifestations of poverty in the everyday life of the urban poor and to analyze the underlying causes of this situation. The paper suggests that there is a need to empower local volunteer networks and calls for these volunteers to provide minimal protection (before a problem occurs) and minimum subsistence (when a problem has occurred) for the urban poor.
Keywords: Urban Poverty, Vietnam, Choices, Empowerment, Reduced Burden (of Decision making)