Project Summary

Title of Project Community development initiatives led by older people and supported by local NSAs and local authorities for disadvantaged older
Project ID in FSNIS Database 64
Project Number GB-2007-CRX
Project Description

Overall objective:To contribute to the RGC poverty alleviation programme through the cooperation and collaboration between non state actors and local authorities in mainstreaming excluded groups in national policies and framework{comma} and by increasing excluded groups’ access to institutional local mechanisms for services and resources.


The specific objective of this project is to build Cambodia’s capacity to develop Community Based Organisations (CBOs) led by older people providing mutual support and stronger links with local governments{comma} as a mechanism for community development in poor areas. The Ministry of Social Affairs{comma} Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) has identified the OPAs as a useful tool for providing social protection to vulnerable groups{comma} for overall community development and civic engagement. The OPA model was formally endorsed by the government with the adoption of National Guidelines for the Establishment and Management of OPAs in 2009. MoSVY now aims to disseminate these guidelines to expand the network and scope of OPAs in Cambodia.[1]The RGC has acknowledged the OPAs as one of the few CBOs providing a safety net for vulnerable people in Cambodia.[2]Furthermore{comma} OPAs have demonstrated potential to be an effective channel between citizens and state.HelpAge has established 120 OPAs in Cambodia{comma} of which 60 OPAs were developed with EC’s support in two provinces with over 3000 members.[3]The specific objective can be thus seen in two parts:

a)        To develop the local capacity and methodologies for replication in Cambodia so that relevant non-government and government

[1]        Work plan of the Ministry of Social Affairs{comma} Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (2008 – 2013);  

[2]        Preliminary mapping and scoping social safety nets in Cambodia. Government-Development Partner Coordination Committee GDCC  meeting no. 14. Background paper on social safety net in Cambodia. 2009.

[3]        Members include predominantly older people along with other community members across other age groups such as women{comma} persons with disabilities{comma} youth etc.

agencies are well-equipped to establish OPAs as a tool for social protection and poverty alleviation for vulnerable members of the community.

b)  To facilitate an effective citizens-state linkage between government and the OPAs for greater accountability{comma} participation at the grassroots and delivery of services to typically vulnerable and excluded groups such as the older people and other vulnerable groups.


Result 1:Consultation meetings;

Training modules on OPAs; Training of Trainers on OPA development; baseline survey.


Result 2:Identify stakeholders interested in OPA approach; Forming 12 OPAs; support OPAs with rice bank and health care activities; Exchange visits; Monitoring.


Result 3: Advocacy materials on rights of older people; Promote participation of OPAs in commune development planning; Coach identified OPAs in advocacy; Establish networking of OPAs; Media coverage and broadcasting.


Result 4:Consultations; Formation of a local structure; Capacity building

Related FSN Categories Not Specified
Main Implementing Agency Not Specified
Collaborating Ministries Health, Social Affairs Labour Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation
Collaborating Organisations and Institutions ACR Caritas Australia
Project Funding Status Not Specified
Funding Needs Description
Donors Not Specified
Project Start/End Dates 2010-01-31 2012-01-31
Provinces, Districts and Communes worked in
Province Districts Communes
Ministry of Health Provinces, Operational Districts and Health Centre Catchment Areas worked in
Province Districts Communes
Level of Intervention • Village Support Group Organization • The department of provincial social affairs • The department of provincial health
Type of Support/Inputs Provided
Target Group(s)
Number of Beneficiaries (approximate)
Source Institution for this Project Data Ven Sarith, Project Manager
Project Contact Person Ven Sarith, Project Manager
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