PADDI is a decentralised cooperation project between the Rhône-Alpes region and the province of Hô Chi Minh City. Since 1997 both local institutions have been developing a bilateral cooperation programme in the fields of training, health and urban management. In 2001, the decision was made to focus on the urban management field. Several feasibility study missions took place, resulting in the association lyonnaise Villes en transition (VeT, Lyonnaise Association of transitional cities) already well established in HCMC, to be chosen as an operator which goals are to determine the contents, the framework and the implementation of a new project: the PADDI – futurology and urban studies centre.
Since 2006, the PADDI organizes training workshops with the various technical departments of HCMC. After 52 workshops that brought together more than 2,000 participants and 50 experts, we publish a synthesis of these workshops conducted between 2011 and 2014.