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Phnom Penh– In cooperation with the Ministry of Planning, the United Nations Development Programme has recently held a session with representatives of development partners and non-governmental groups to discuss the use of new local development tools. These tools include scorecard on Cambodia Millennium Development Goals and sectoral scorecards on economic, social, environmental and admin security aspects of local development.
First introduced in 2010 by Ministry of Planning with support from UNDP, the MDG scorecard was designed for use in tracking progress of CMDG. It went local last year and since then commune-sangkat councils across the country are using it to set development priorities in their respective communities. This scorecard derived from the Commune Database which contains comprehensive information about socio-economic conditions and infrastructure in the rural areas. Different from MDG scorecard, the sectoral scorecards, however, are designed respond specifically to needs for planning in economic, social, environmental and admin security dimensions. Gender is cross-cutting among all four areas.
The evolution and usefulness of the scorecards were discussed at the workshop with other development actors on February 13. The discussions and exchange of views enabled the 60 participants – from UN agencies, development partners, international organizations, NGOs and Ministry of Planning – to better understand the new tools and strengthen collaboration in promoting it in support of sub-national planning.
The workshop was highlighted by the release of poverty and MDG scorecard updates – based on the CDB – for capital, provinces, districts, khans, communes and sangkats covering the period 2004-2012. The poverty and MDG scorecards can be found on www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home/mdgoverview/