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Home The IFP Community Remembering Hoang Trong Nghia (cohort 2004)

Remembering Hoang Trong Nghia (cohort 2004)

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HOÀNG TRỌNG NGHĨAIFP Vietnam mourned the second loss of an alumnus within the year 2011. Hoang Trong Nghia (cohort 2004) passed away on December 7th, in Kontum province of Vietnam’s Central Highland after a five-month battle with liver cancer. At just 49 years of age, Nghia left behind his wife and three young children. It was only in January 2011 that the IFP Vietnam alumni community sadly said goodbye to Le Dan Bach Viet (cohort 2003).


Despite receiving his cancer diagnosis in July 2011, Nghia continued to work tirelessly for Kontum, one of the poorest provinces in Central Highland of Vietnam, until six days prior to his death. Nghia’s IFP journey enabled him to complete the Masters of Science degree in Regional and Rural Development Planning at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, in 2007. Upon his return to Vietnam, rather than move to one of the larger cities to work for any international organization in the development field, Nghia decided to go back to this poverty- stricken province. He was an invaluable bridge and advisor to the people of Kontum province as well as outside agencies sent in to assist this area. Kontum is a very remote province, populated with many ethnic minorities; and politically it is a sensitive area. Donors or international Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are not always welcome to provide development services for local communities in this province. However, Nghia saw this not as a hurdle, but as an opportunity and a necessity for him to go back to this province. He set up a private consulting office to work with outside groups who visit Kontum to work with local officials in rural development and forestry sectors. This office has also helped a number of alumni working in other provinces facing similar challenges. Prior to his death, Nghia had begun working as a Forest Inventory Advisor for the project “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation,” funded by the European Union under Fauna & Flora International (FFI).


IFP Vietnam alumni lost a colleague and a brother who devoted his career to working alongside the poor and helping them protect their land and forest resources in one of the most challenging places of the country. We thank Nghia for his life and inspiration to all of us as we carry on our journeys.


Do Dang Teo(2006) & Minh Kauffman

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2012 10:03  

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