UNDP Resident Representative in Cambodia Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren. (Photo: UN in Cambodia)
UNDP has been in Cambodia for more than 50 years now, operating from 1958 to 1975, resuming in a limited capacity in 1980 contributing to emergency relief operations, and formally establishing its offices in Phnom Penh in 1994 with the signature of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA). We are currently implementing a new five-year Country Programme Action Plan 2011-2015, which has been endorsed by the Letter of Agreement between the Country Office and the Royal Government of Cambodia.
UNDP aims to enhance the government’s ability to deliver public services to the population in an efficient, effective, equitable and accountable manner, to consolidate a participatory democracy with a responsible civil society and to create an enabling environment for inclusive growth, private sector development and sustainable use of natural resources. UNDP supports Cambodia to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Critical challenges include: (i) the diversification of growth and the translation of growth into the reduction of poverty and inequalities in rural areas; (ii) sustainable and participatory management of natural resources that represent primary assets for the poor (including oil and gas, arable land, forestry and fisheries) and (iii) strengthening participatory democracy and good governance. UNDP also supports Cambodia to achieve priority goals and targets outlined in its National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) in the fields of governance reforms, political processes, gender equity, environmental sustainability and rural energy, climate change and de-mining. These national goals are aligned with the MDGs.
UNDP in Cambodia continues to work closely with development partners to assist the country in its efforts to clear landmines and explosive remnants for war (ERWs) that still pose obstacles to development.
Helping to improve the status of Cambodian women remains a key focus of our work. UNDP has assisted the Ministry of Women’s Affair to lead consultations with other ministries to revise a roadmap on women’s economic empowerment. The Cambodia MDG Acceleration Framework Action Plan has also been developed and circulated.
Through UNDP’s support, the Ministry of Planning has developed and disseminated scorecard of Cambodia Millennium Development Goals (CMDG) to be used by commune offices throughout the country as a tool for better planning development for their communities. The scorecard also enables policy makers and local development planners alike to identify more easily areas where they will need to do more to speed up progressing in achieving CMDGs.
Climate change continues to be a key priority area, along with gender and disaster risk management in Cambodia. In this regard, the Climate Change Trust Fund, which is managed by UNDP, has awarded 19 grants to various line ministries, local government and civil society organizations working to build community resilience in different priority sectors. Additionally, projects funded through GEF-Small Grant Programme are working to improve livelihoods of rural households, enhancing their abilities to cope with impacts of climate change.
Through an innovative youth multimedia programme, UNDP is working with the BBC Media Action to encourage greater participation of young Cambodians in the civic life, in local development to help make a difference in their communities. Youth is Cambodia’s largest asset over the next decade as an economic, social and cultural driving force. They offer new perspectives, new ideas and willingness to build a bright future.
UNDP in Cambodia consists of the following decision makers:
Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren, Resident Representative
Ms. Setsuko Yamazaki, Country Director
Mr. Enrico Gaveglia, Deputy Country Director
Mr. Napoleon Navarro, Senior Policy Advisor
The Resident Representative is the most senior official for UNDP in Cambodia and also serves as the Resident Coordinator for the entire United Nations system in the country. The Resident Representative is ultimately accountable for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions in the country and for ensuring that all UNDP policies and procedures are fully complied with. The UNDP Country Director is the second most senior official and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. The Country Director is assisted by the Deputy Country Director and the Senior Policy Advisor.
UNDP works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, multilateral aid agencies, bilateral donors and private firms. A vast majority of its development assistance is implemented by national entities such as the Council for Development of Cambodia, Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, and ministries. At present, UNDP directly implements three projects each under Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, and Environment and Energy programmatic areas. The overarching aim of UNDP is to support the progress towards the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals.
As of 01 August 2013: The list of service contract holders who are currently active with UNDP Cambodia with gross annual salary equal to or over US$30,000.