Launching ID Poor in Urban Areas (29.11.16)

ID Poor Launch Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft)

On November, 29, 2016 His Excellency Chhay Than, Senior Minister and Minister of Planning jointly with the German Ambassador and the representative of the Australian Embassy launched the process on the Identification of Poor Households in Urban Areas (ID Poor).

ID Poor is officially acknowledged as the national targeting mechanism to identify poor Cambodian households in rural and – since today – also in urban areas. As such, ID Poor is the basis for various social protection measures of the Royal Government of Cambodia and Development Partners. For example in the health sector poor Cambodians and their families receive free health care services. As unexpected health expenditures are among the major risk factors for impoverishment in Cambodia, this service is a key factor in further sustaining achievements in poverty reduction within the framework of the Agenda 2030.

Since more than a decade the Australian and the German Government provide financial support to the Ministry of Planning to develop, improve and implement ID Poor with a total amount of more than 16 million USD. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements this assistance on behalf of the two governments.

 “This launching marks a pivotal step in our joint efforts to identify all poor and vulnerable households in Cambodia, no matter if they live in rural or in urban areas”, Dr. Ingo Karsten, German Ambassador to Cambodia said during the launching ceremony.

The current ID Poor Project runs until 2019. After its end, the Royal Government of Cambodia will fully finance the annual identification of poor households in rural and urban areas.

“This is a great success in times when we talk a lot about increased domestic resource mobilization and the need for increasing partner contributions from the Government”, the German Ambassador continued.  

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