The project increases the capacity of the Royal Government of Cambodia to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate effective social protection programmes. It builds on evidence of the impact of social transfers on the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable populations to influence an increase in domestic budget allocations for those programmes.
Strengthening the results-based budgeting and supporting the preparation of the 2025 performance-informed budget will accelerate the public finance management reform and contribute to achieving the social protection programmes objectives, in particular, the integrated family package of social assistance services and acceleration of the delivery of the disability allowances programme.
Key accomplishments by 2020
By December 2020, project implementation has resulted in key achievements as follow:
- Social budgeting training has been conducted in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for staff members from relevant departments of Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), and the General Secretariat of the National Social Protection Council (GS-NSPC). The successful implementation of the training had led to increased interest from the key stakeholders. Further training is planned to develop a Training of Trainer (ToT) model and the budgeting and modeling tools to facilitate the use of evidence for Social Protection planning and increasing coverage.
- The technical assistance to develop, design and implement a gender-sensitive and child-sensitive family package of integrated social assistance programmes has been put in place. The programme design and policy document for the Family Package has been drafted and submitted to the NSPC for validation and roll-out of the formal consultation processes.
- The process to support the roll-out of the disability identification process and the delivery of the disability allowance programme has been kicked off. The disability identification guidelines and training materials were revised and the consultation processes with relevant stakeholders were roll-out. Technical assistance was provided to finalize the disability identification and allowance programme Management Information System (MIS). Within the process, important synergies were established with the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australian government and the German International Cooperation (GIZ).
- Representatives from 19 civil society organizations and Trade Unions have been invited to a consultation workshop on the draft Social Protection Law. More than 30 articles out of nearly 100 were commented based on criteria such as accessibility, inclusiveness, clarity and transparency and their experiences and understanding of the needs of the constituents. The comments and proposals for improvements have been submitted to the General Secretariat of NSPC for their consideration.
- Direct technical assistance has been provided to GS-NSPC and MoSVY to design the COVID-19 Cash Transfer Programme for Identified Poor (ID Poor) households and the Wage Subsidy for Garment and Tourism sector workers. The provided technical assistance covered the engagement in the design, including the benefit options and their costing. The technical assistance provided for the MIS development under the project has contributed to the Covid-19 cash transfer MIS module. The programme currently covers over 650,000 ID Poor households. The Wage Subsidy for Garment and Tourism sector workers provide suspended workers in these sectors with a minimum subsistence wage.
The project is implemented jointly by the ILO, UNICEF, the Delegation of the European Union office in Phnom Penh, the Royal Government of Cambodia – through the General Secretariat of NSPC, the General Departments of Budget (GDB) and Planning (GDP) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) – as well as the social partner and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, represented in Cambodia by Oxfam.
Mr. Nuno Cunha, ILO Senior Social Protection Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Koh Jie Yue, ILO Social Protection Officer, email@example.com
Mr. Heng, Sokgech ILO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Erna Ribar, UNICEF, Social Protection Officer, email@example.com