Hue is Vietnam’s de facto “third capital” due to its historical linkages and geographical location. However, due to its rugged terrain and inhospitable climate, Hue has not been seen as an ideal place for large-scale manufacturing and aggressive economic development. This has resulted in less economic opportunities for its inhabitants, many of whom live in poverty. Hanoi to the north and Saigon to the south are both political and economic capitals, respectively, and have also received the bulk of attention from NGOs/INGOs. Hue falls short in this respect also. Currently, FHF is the only officially registered, US-based INGO with a physical presence to provide services in the ThuaThien Hue Province.