Da Nang, located on the coast of the South China Sea, is an industrial, commercial, education, and tourist hub.
It is the largest city in the region, with a rapidly growing population of over 1.1 million. This urbanization is mainly due to migration, as thousands come to the city each month in search of work. It is a city with a growing economy but increasing disparities and urban poverty.
Since 1993, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Da Nang.
Historically, the north and the south of the country have been more developed than the central region, but recent years have seen increased government efforts to bring about economic growth in the region where Da Nang is located.
Progress has been made in reducing poverty and improving access to education and health care. However, despite these efforts, informal settlements continued to grow. Families live in substandard housing, with little access to basic services and infrastructure. Urban poverty is therefore on the rise: 5.5% of households in Da Nang, approximately 15,000 households, are living in poverty.
Although unemployment is low, the majority of workers are engaged in informal work. More than 36 million people were in informal employment in 2020.
This leaves tens of thousands of families incredibly vulnerable: labourers and entrepreneurs are not guaranteed access to public services, and their incomes are not secure. If the main breadwinner of the family loses their job, falls ill, or if natural disaster strikes, the family can rapidly experience hardships. Children and young people growing up in these families are especially at risk and require extra protection.