Australia and Germany Support Historic Cash Transfer for Poor Households

Australian and German governments are supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia’s emergency cash transfer programme for poor and vulnerable households during COVID-19.

The support was voiced in a joint media release this morning between the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Phnom Penh.

Australia and Germany see this initiative, launched today by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as a historic moment for Cambodia, it said.

“We are proud of our longstanding support for the Ministry of Planning’s Identification of Poor Households (IDPoor) Programme, which will enable the implementation of the important initiative,” underlined the  same source.

“As a neighbour and friend of the Cambodian people, Australia has a stake in Cambodia’s economic resilience and a strong commitment to working with a broad range of partners to develop practical ways of improving the lives of all Cambodians,” said H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia.

“We congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia for utilising the IDPoor database, which Australia has helped to establish over the past decade, in order to target cash transfers towards those most in need,” he said.

For his part, Dr. Günter Riethmacher, GIZ Cambodia Country Director said, “In a joint effort with our Cambodian partners, we managed to add more than 50,000 new families to the IDPoor database this month, using a new system – called On Demand IDPoor – that enables families to be identified and added to the database year-round, without having to wait for scheduled updates.”

On Demand IDPoor will continue to be available as a permanent feature of IDPoor, continued Dr. Günter Riethmacher.

“Cambodia has successfully managed the health crisis and is now dealing with its socio-economic impact. The planned cash-transfer is a very effective instrument: It targets those in need and at the same time accelerates consumption, which helps the overall economy. I am proud that with support from Germany and Australia the Cambodian Government has now a system in place to assist directly poor and vulnerable people,” said H.E. Christian Berger, German Ambassador to Cambodia.

The media release also laid stress on Australia’s and Germany’s commitment to continuing to work with the Royal Government of Cambodia, civil society and private sector stakeholders towards a social protection system that supports a more resilient community, in which all citizens are able to participate in economic and social life.

The IDPoor database is updated regularly and currently 560,000 households (2.3 million Cambodians) are eligible for the new cash transfer.

 

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press