Democratic Governance

UNDP has been in long engagement with the government’s decentralisation reform process since 1993 through extensive support to develop policies and management systems for sub-national democratic development. In this effort, the government has made significant progress by shifting from centralised governance towards a more decentralised set-up.

Our Goals

UNDP’s work in this area is aimed enabling Cambodians to voice their concerns and local decision-makers to better prioritize and respond to the needs of the people in their respective constituencies. It supports the government to improve democratic governance in the areas of local accountability, localizing climate change responses, women’s empowerment, youth civic participation and inclusion of marginalized groups. more

Making voice heard

A girl from an indigenous group in North-Eastern province in Cambodia speaks during a voters' education campaign. (Photo: UNDP Cambodia)more

Our Stories


VPD – a radio by and for persons with disabilities

“Welcome to our Global Knowledge programme on the Voice of Persons with Disabilities broadcasting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap province (FM92.25 MHz) and Preah Sihanouk province (FM88.75 MHz).”more 

Swedish Ambassador to Cambodia chats with Loy9 team member. (Photo: UNDP Cambodia)

Young Cambodians engage in civic life

Swedish Ambassador Anne Höglund recently had a close-up look at the production of Loy9 programme’s TV magazine by visiting the filming crew on site on themore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Association of Councils Enhanced Services

    “ACES - Association of Councils Enhanced Services Project” is designed to turn the local council association (LCA) – the offspring of National League of Communes/Sangkats – into an effective network and representative in advocating for the common interests of the local councils and citizens. The project endeavors for the League to make a qualitative leap forward, building on the achievements of an EU-UNDP supported programme, the Democratic and Decentralised Local Governance in 2006-2011.more 

  • Partnerships for Development Results

    Partnerships for Development results works to promote the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) aid management capacities and partnership practices in order to achieve improved development results and the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs). The programme supports the government in revising its aid management policy, in ensuring sector results by aligning national and external resources with government sector/budget strategies and in using national systems for programming, planning, monitoring and evaluation, coordination and resource mobilization in a number of key sectors.more 

  • Partnership for Gender Equity Phase III

    The project built on the achievements made in the previous phases is working to ensure that gender-sensitive policies and plans for Millennium Development Goal acceleration are implemented and make an impact on the status, rights and choices of Cambodian women. more 

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