Project Summary

Title of Project Regional Economic Development (RED) Program - Green Belt
Project ID in FSNIS Database 66
Project Number 2002 / 04-0
Project Description

The objective of the “Regional Economic Development Program (RED) – Green Belt”has been defined as follows: “The participation of the rural poor in the value-added created on Siem Reap’s markets is improved”. The program started in October 2007 and is planned for a total duration of 8 years. In January 2011{comma} the program entered into its second phase lasting from January 2011 to December 2013.

To link the rural poor to engines of growth in Siem Reap{comma} the program follows a market driven approach. RED aims at a growing turnover of regional products{comma} the development of new business opportunities{comma} and increased employment. Special importance is accorded to identifying and remo­ving access barriers and constraints that hinder the participation of the poor in the markets and eco­nomic development of the province. To promote pro-poor growth of the regional economy{comma} RED undertakes activities in three fields:

In Component I: “Regional Management - Multi-stakeholder processes and regional economic development initiatives”the program supports interaction and cooperation between actors of the public and private sectors and civil society. Local and regional actors and institutions are qualified to identify constraints and potentials for increased incomes and employment{comma} to work out a concept for the development of their regions and to plan and implement joint initiatives to promote the local economy. The GIZ program advises and supports coordination bodies{comma} networks and action groups that result from that process on organizational and technical issues.

Component II "Increased competitivenessof local products – Value Chain upgrading and Business Development Services" aims to improve the competitiveness of local products. Dialogue forums are established to promote the coordination and cooperation between input suppliers{comma} producers{comma} traders and processors and to establish new business contacts. The program qualifies upstream and downstream enterprises to transfer innovations{comma} technical and market information to their clients. Public and private sector institutions are qualified to establish business development services and apply new economic promotion instruments. Private sector operators get advice and support to build-up producer associations{comma} federations and chambers.

Component III "Initiatives of local government to promote economic development and poverty reduction" supports the implementation of the decentralization reform. Advice and capacity development focus on the role and tasks of local government bodies in promoting economic development and poverty reduction. The program qualifies the responsible provincial agency to perform their support functions to Commune and District Councils. Local government bodies get advice and support to improve framework conditions and undertake economic promotion measures. In this regard{comma} the inclusion of poor households and the introduction of new financing concepts („Public-Private-Partnerships“) are of particular importance. People’s participation in decision making is supported by the promotion of processes that enhance transparency{comma} accountability and participation.

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Collaborating Organisations and Institutions German Governrment
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Project Start/End Dates 2007-09-30 2015-11-30
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 CEDAC Angkor Handicraft Association PPP Partners: East West Ltd., AgrotechViva Ltd, Baskets of Cambodia
Type of Support/Inputs Provided

1.  Capacity Development of peo­ple and their institutions;

2.  Facilitation and moderation of dialogue and cooperation between different interest groups and stakeholders.

RED focuses on four main themes:

·    Access to know-how, innovations and quality inputs;

·    Dialogue and Cooperation between Public, Private Sector and Civil Society stakeholders and between Value Chain Actors;

·    Transparent and sustainable business relationships;

Reduction of entry barriers hindering the beneficial participation of the poor in markets. 

Target Group(s) Productive, rural poor
Number of Beneficiaries (approximate) At present (12/2011), about 18.500 households participate in the program
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