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DFID Cambodia
 c/o British Embassy Phnom Penh
No 27 – 29, Street 75
Srass Chak Daun Penh
Phnom Penh
Tel: (855-23) 430 240
 Fax: (855-23) 430 254

Map courtesy of the FCO


Country Facts

  • Population: 13,382,400
  • Poverty (No. of people living below $1 a day): 4,563,398 (34.1%)
  • $2 a day figure: 10,398,124 (77.7%)
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita: $2,060
  • Life expectancy: 57.4 years
  • Literacy rates: 69.4%
  • Malnutrition: 38%

What DFID is doing to help reach each Millennium Development Goal (MDG)

Poverty and hunger

  • We have provided 13.6m for over 4 years since 2002 to support the Cambodia SEILA Rural Development Programme, aiming to improve local governance while providing immediate livelihoods benefits;
  • We have provided 1.43m through the World Bank to support the Ministry of Planning to develop the new National Strategic Development Plan - Cambodia's Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) equivalent;
  • We have provided 450,000 for over 4 years since 2001 to commission specific research and development activities to support the implementation of DFID's Rural Livelihoods Strategy;
  • We are developing a new programme to help strengthen social accountability.

Primary Education

  • Primary education is not an area of focus for DFID in Cambodia.


  • Supporting a greater focus on the poor and excluded (including gender policy work) cuts across all our work.

Child mortality

  • DFID is co-financing the Health Sector Support Project (HSSP) with theExternal linkAsian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank alongside theExternal linkUnited Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). DFID's contribution is 15.4m from 2003 to 2007. The Project supports the implementation of the Government's Health Sector Strategic Plan, which aims to strengthen health sector development to increase access to quality health services especially for mothers and children. Project components include: increasing the availability of essential health care services, support for equity funds to help the poor access health care and support to the Ministry of Health to plan, manage, finance and monitor progress in the sector.

Maternal health

  • HSSP as a whole strengthens women's access to basic and complementary essential obstetric care;
  • DFID also funds a 2.5m 'Component for Reduction in Maternal Mortality', 2005-09. It comprises two sub-components:
    • the development and implementation of a national plan for the reduction in unsafe abortion;
    • a safe motherhood package within the National Strategic Framework for Equity Funds;
  • DFID supports a 5.7m programme toExternal linkPSI Cambodia for the social marketing of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. Women at risk of HIV infection are a primary target group for this programme;
  • Mass media: the BBC World Service Trust is broadcasting maternal and child health messages as part of its 3.3m three year mass media campaign.


  • DFID is currently supporting a 5-year programme, worth 15.8m, 'Strengthening Cambodia's Response to HIV/AIDS'. The programme aims to promote a cohesive effort led by the government to stem the epidemic and to mitigate its impact through the Ministries of Health and of Education, Youth and Sport and to the National AIDS Authority as well as to the BBC World Service Trust for a mass media campaign;
  • HIV/AIDS: The current programme of Social Marketing of Condoms aims to increase knowledge by Cambodian women and men on HIV/AIDS and improve access to quality condoms for high risk groups. The programme has been judged to have contributed to the reversal of the progress of the epidemic;
  • Malaria: DFID provides $1.24m through HSSP to support the implementation of the national program to control and prevent malaria.

Environmental sustainability

  • DFID is working closely withExternal linkDANIDA to set up a joint donor facility for rural livelihoods, to strengthen the planning and sustainable use of natural resources and fisheries policy. DFID's contribution will be 13 million over five years. It will commence in Spring 2006.

Global partnership

  • DFID's Country Assistance Plan (CAP) background analysis was jointly produced with ADB, the World Bank and the United Nations (UN). The CAP focuses on maximising the impact of development resources in Cambodia as a whole. We are working to strengthen development effectiveness to achieve fully harmonised donor assistance with greater pooling of financial and human resources. We are championing new and innovative mechanisms to increase aid effectiveness (e.g. establishment of a multi-donor livelihoods facility with DANIDA) and supporting government to implement its harmonisation and alignment action plan. By 2011, we expect to work entirely through multilateral donors or through joint donor offices.
  • We are helping to support capable government systems that can deliver, including capacity to raise, manage and allocate resources. For example, we support the government's public financial management reform process through a multi-donor trust fund to which we contribute 4,580,000 over 4 years.

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Last updated: 21 August 2006

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