Cambodia, UNDP Sign Cooperation MoU on Inclusive Public Service Innovation

The Ministry of Civil Service (MoCS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed here today a Memorandum of Understanding to open a new chapter of cooperation between the two institutions on public administration reform and inclusive public service innovation.

H.E. Prum Sokha, Minister of Civil Service, and Mr. Nick Beresford, UNDP Cambodia’s Resident Representative were the signatories.

According to a UNDP’s press release AKP received this afternoon, the MoU marks the first year of cooperation between the Ministry and UNDP. Through its UNDP Accelerator Labs, UNDP is strongly committed to work with the Ministry toward the long-term changes in the four areas is strengthening public sector capacity for innovation and inclusive public service delivery, establishing institutional mechanism for public servants to curate and test innovative ideas to improve public service provisions, and promoting inclusive, responsive and effective public service delivery through the application of digital technology.

“UNDP recognises that today complex development environment and COVID-19 crisis give us a transforming opportunity and enabling environment to fuel innovation and to unlock creativity and agility in all of us. Public services are our mean to serve our people in all fronts. Beyond principle and practice, we need to harness momentum, listen to people we serve, make the best use of available digital technology, invest in civil servant the right skill and attitude, and test our solutions to arrive at the one that works,” he said.

“Innovation in the public sector has to go beyond learning new methods/tools as they are not sufficient on their own. We need to understand how to create the appropriate environment for it to work and pay attention to the core set of attitudes and skills that fuel innovation,” stressed Mr. Nick Beresford.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press