Poverty Reduction

Poverty rate has dropped significantly to 19.8 percent in 2011 from 47 percent in 1993. Meanwhile, inequality still persists, requiring further concerted efforts to bridge income gap between urban and rural populations. Greater attention is also being given by the government and development partners to comprehensive approach to developing human capital that Cambodia needs to drive its socio-economic progress to the next level.

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To encourage further poverty reduction and tackle inequality, UNDP partners with the Royal Government of Cambodia to identify policy options for inclusive growth and human development; support human capital and institutional capacity building in key sectors of diversification of growth; monitor and accelerate CMDG progress at national and sub-national levels; and accelerate progress on land mine clearance.more

Farmers planting rice seedling

Farmers in Cambodia plant rice seedling. More than 80 percent of Cambodian population are farmers. (Photo: UNDP Cambodia)

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Projects and Initiatives

Clearing for Results Phase II

The Clearing for Results-Phase II project intends to bring the national body, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), to a higher level. It supports the CMAA’s leadership in implementing the National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS), resulting in resources being allocated to national and local development priorities. The resources will also be used in the enactment of policy frameworks that support increased levels of land released to communities for rural development thereby improving access to economic opportunities and growth. more

Linking Policy and Practice for Accelerating MDG1

The Linking Policy and Practice for Accelerating MDG1 (LPP) project aims to support policy dialogue on key priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Rectangular Strategy and National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP). The project will provide evidence-based policy options for inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth; support human capital development and institutional capacity development in selected sectors such as extractive industries and social protection; and the scaling up of effective anti-poverty practice. more

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HDR Analysis on Cambodia

Presented in this leaflet is an abstract of the 2013 Human Development Report on Cambodia’s performance on key indices of human development. It is to underscore the progresses in key human development indices and draw attentions to inequalities that potentially restricts and or undo human development progresses achieved over the last two decades or longer.


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