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MoU signed to provide better public services in five provinces

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Leaders of the project pose for a group photo yesterday. KT/Pann Rachana

World Vision Cambodia, in cooperation with the Wathnakpheap Organisation, yesterday signed an MoU with 11 partner NGOs to implement the second phase of a public delivery project expected to benefit nearly three million people over a two-year period.

A joint press release yesterday stated that the Implementation of Social Accountability for Better Public Service Delivery Project will cost $2,852,400 and is funded by the European Union and co-funded by World Vision Germany.

The statement said the project is expected to benefit 2.8 million people through the improvement of public delivery services in 292 communes, 571 primary schools and 126 health centres across five province in the Kingdom. The provinces are Takeo, Kampong Cham, Pursat, Battambang and Kampong Speu.

The statement said the first phase of the project was from 2015 to last year and the second phase will run until November 30 next year.

Speaking after a signing ceremony, Ngy Chanphal, an Interior Ministry secretary of state and chairman of the partnership steering committee for the Implementation of Social Accountability Framework (ISAF), said the project will strengthen the public delivery system at the sub-national level.

He noted that officials will be trained to clearly understand how to effectively provide services and solve issues faced by the community.

“We all need to work together to identify and solve problems our people face,” Mr Chanphal said. “We have to provide guidelines to officials on how to tackle the problems.”

Mr Chanphal said that the government still needs support from development partners to carry out the project, especially through funding, technical support and human resources.

“This is another milestone for ISAF achievements in Cambodia. World Vision has been a very valuable partner in the Implementation of the Social Accountability Framework.” he noted. “Together with local NGOs, international NGOs and our development partners, we will surely be able to improve local services to millions of children and families across Cambodia in line with the government’s Rectangular Strategy-Phase 4.”

Leng Vireak, World Vision Cambodia’s operations director, yesterday said it has supported the Implementation of the Social Accountability Framework of the Cambodian government since 2015.

He noted that the first phase of the project contributed to improvement in the quality delivery of essential public services, especially at health centres, primary schools, and administrative services to the communes which benefited almost two million people by 2018.

“By expanding our work with our partner NGOs today, through a new grant from the European Union and by sustaining our work started with the support of the World Bank, World Vision is scaling up ISAF to improve public services in 510 communes, 1,004 primary schools and 364 health centres which will benefit over 4.6 million people by 2020,” Mr Vireak said.

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