The European Union and the International Association of French-speaking Mayors are set to provide over one million Euros for a three-year project on strengthening the capacity of Cambodian sub-national administrations on urban planning and land management in order to improve urban poor settlements and ensure access to basic services for vulnerable communities.
According to a press release by the Association of Sub-National Administration Councils on Wednesday, the three-year project, valid for 2019 to 2021, will be implemented in partnership between the International Association of French-speaking Mayors, City Hall, National League of Councils, and National Association of Capital and Provincial Councils.
The press release added that the project will implement three major action plans.
Firstly, it will focus on improving the living conditions of communities living along the Stung Meanchey Canal through coordinated action between different administrative levels.
Secondly, it will improve law enforcement and coordination between the different levels of SNAs. Thirdly, it will strengthen structure and capacity building of the National League of Councils as well as the National Association of Capital and Provincial Councils to address the issue.
The ceremony to launch the project will be held today at City Hall.
Pok Sokundara, secretary-general of the Association of Sub-National Administration Councils, yesterday said that the project will benefit approximately 562 families, or about 3,400 citizens, living in communities along the Stung Meanchey Canal.
“In addition, we also have the training for councillors of capital, provincial, district, and commune at some targets across the country relating to the development of communication strategies and advocacy, organising forums and establishing partnerships with relevant institutions to support advocacy work,” Mr Sokundara said.
Lim Vang, a representative of communities living along the Stung Meanchey Canal, said that city hall previously has helped to develop and restore the canal, and improve the living conditions of the people in Stung Meanchey communities by organising to provide land plots and distribute land titles to 153 among 562 families.
In addition, citizens also received training such as on the legal aspects of land management, non-violence advocacy and education on environmental sanitation from some civil society organisations.
He expects the latest project will help improve the living conditions of the people living in poor settlement communities and increase awareness on advocacy to improve living conditions.
“I expect that it is very useful, because normally, the understanding of our people in the communities is limited, with limited understanding about laws, advocacy, or environmental issues,” he said.