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Dissemination Workshop of Self-Supporting Rural Development Project with Saemaul Undong’s Participatory Approach

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) together with the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) has organized dissemination workshop for model village of its project on Sep. 04, 2017 at its recently inaugurated center named Cambodia-Korea Rural Development Center. The ceremony was celebrated under presence of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Cambodia, H.E. Kim Weonjin, Director of KOICA Cambodia office, Mr. Jeong Yun Gil, and MRD’s Minister, H.E. Dr. Ouk Rabun and H.E. Ou Samourn, Secretary of State and Chairman of Project Management Steering Committee, with leaders of target model villages from Kampong Speu, Takeo and Tbong Khmum province and MRD/PDRD’s officers.

This workshop aims to introduce the new operational guideline to implement grassroots project of the year 2017-2018 and to share successful story from the excellent performance model village. In addition, this workshop is also to give Reward of Recognition to the outstanding village for their best effort to implement village development project during 2016-2017.

The Self-Supporting Rural Development Project is a 5-year project and is implemented under 8.95 million USD grant aids from the Republic of Korea. This project is implemented in cooperation between KOICA and MRD and has 3 key components such as 1) Formulation of Master Plan on Cambodia’s Rural Development, 2) Pilot Project Implementation in 30 model villages of Kampong Speu, Takeo and Tbong Khmum and 3) CKRDC establishment. Master plan has been developed completely as a roadmap for implementing pilot projects in model villages and Cambodia-Korea Rural Development Center (CKRDC) is established to provide capacity building to village leaders to ensure that they have enough capacity for planning and implementing projects to develop their own community. Since 2015, 30 models villages have implemented more than 600 pilot projects and more than 300 projects is being planned to implement for year of 2017-2018. As a result, villager can develop their community via demand driven and the whole community has better situation on food security due to the increasing of livestock and rice bank while the new community physical infrastructure are being popped up.

Pilot projects are implemented in model village with bottom-up approach. Villager and village leader has a full ownership to plan and implement projects in their own community. Since villager and community leader has limited knowledge they strongly need capacity building, consultation mechanism and follow up activity. Therefore, every 3 months consultation and annual assessment are conducted. PDRD officer is trained at Korea for capacity building to do monthly monitoring. In addition, incentive system is applied for model villages. 30 model villages is graded into 3 groups​every year based on their performance, good, very good and excellent. As a result, each village try the best effort to develop their village with efficiency and effectiveness. There are 5 excellent village for year of 2017 and those village will receive financial support from USD 40,000.00 to USD 80,000.00 to implement their projects.

During the ceremony, H.E. Ouk Rabun mentioned that this project is very important for village development in Cambodia because this is a project that help improwing ownership of villagers and empower good cooperation at grassroots level.

H.E. Kim Weonjin mentioned that during 1st and 2nd year that pilot project has been being implemented in model village, we can see that the capacity of Village Development Committee (VDC) and government officer has been improved and agriculture productivity as well as the income of villager is also increased.

Mr. Jeong Yun Gil, Country Director of KOICA Cambodia office has mentioned that after the 1st and 2nd year projects have been completed, villagers’ ownership and participation has increased. He also stressed that based on the experience of 1st and 2nd year village project, the 3rd year village projects should produce concrete outcome and focus on project documenting so that we can expand the successful model to other areas. This project will end on 2018 and the 3rd year project, KOICA and MRD will focus on bringing more public project and project which has big impact.

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