MEETING THE COSTS AND MAXIMIZING THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION IN CAMBODIA

Aug 31, 2020

A report launched today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) examines the effectiveness and costs of providing social protection for all poor households in Cambodia – an approach referred to as a Social Protection Floor.  The authors find by spending less than 1.5 % of GDP, Cambodia can make a bold step towards ending extreme poverty in the Kingdom, taking the number of poor people below 3% of the population.

The report also looks at various routes for delivering this – by allocating cash transfers alone, or through a mix of cash and asset transfers (so-called graduation-based programmes), and how transfers might be allocated to different poor families. It concludes in favour of a system that provides social assistance to all poor households, while allowing for greater help for those with children, aging members, and members with disabilities. On the whole, mixed cash and asset schemes also perform better.

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