The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a virtual high-level, regional discussion on key lessons learned from Cambodia’s COVID-19 social protection measures to support the poor and revitalize the economy.
This week in Cambodia, nearly 50 of the country’s leading scientists and environmental policy experts will meet virtually to create ‘maps of hope’ that identify Cambodia’s essential life support areas. These maps will locate where actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore nature can enable Cambodia to deliver on its strategic priorities around biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.
In Cambodia, the shrinking economy, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected all population groups, but particularly the most vulnerable. A first-of-its-kind government scheme, managed with digital tools supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is ensuring that the poorest receive a level of social protection.
While there has not yet been a substantial outbreak of COVID-19 in Cambodia, the impact of the global pandemic on Cambodia’s economy has been drastic.
What the Resilience Fund demonstrates is that if we walk the talk on programming adaptively and on thinking and working politically, we can empower people to build resilience in particularly testing…
A mission to connect social innovation with development expertise has provided Accelerator Labs Cambodia an opportunity to learn what works and what does not and, importantly, what is needed to solve more dynamic, intertwined and unpredictable development challenges.
What made this invitation special was that the school’s football ground had until recently been contaminated by landmines, a legacy of Cambodia’s many years of internal conflict. “I wish there are more safe playfields, so that the other kids can also play with safety.”

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16 M

Population (2019)

13.5%

Poverty rate (2014)

1,643 (USD)

GDP per capita (2019)

0.581

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