Social Protection Floors in Cambodia
The programme brief description
Cambodia has made great strides in reducing poverty over the past two decades, falling from nearly half the population to just 13% in 2014. However, a large proportion of the population now sits just above the national poverty line, and are vulnerable to falling back into poverty. Cambodia’s Joint Programme (JP) will thus contribute to the nation-wide goal to lead to more people being covered by an effective, efficient, accountable, equitable, sustainable, and child- and gender-sensitive social protection system. This programme works towards benefitting 200,000 pregnant women and children from a cash transfer programme, with an additional 1.5 million people to be covered by pension schemes by the year 2020. In addition to increased coverage, the activities under this UNJP aim to increase cross-governmental collaboration on social protection, improved analysis of who is being left behind, and increased fiscal space for social protection.
This JP adopts an innovative, holistic approach by supporting all government entities with a social protection remit. Participating agencies will provide consistent and coordinated support to the government to better implement and monitor social protection programmes. This will contribute towards accelerating the achievement of the SDGs in Cambodia and represents a new level of coordination support towards the promotion of integrated policy solutions.
Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons.
ILO, UNICEF, WHO
National Social Protection Council; Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation; Ministry of Health; National Social Security Fund; Ministry of Economy and Finance; National Institute of Statistics