Cambodia still is one of the least developed countries in the world. The GDP per capita only reached 801 USD in 2010. 27 percent of the population live below the poverty line; the majority of those reside in rural areas who mainly rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Every third Cambodian is 14 years old or younger. Malnutrition is a major challenge in Cambodia with 40 percent of children under five beingchronically malnourished and 18 percent of Cambodians being considered food insecure.
At the last meeting of the Cambodian Development Cooperation Forum in June 2010 the international development partners announced a total of 1 billion USD support. With a joint grant of 255,8 million USD in 2010 the EU is Cambodia’s major partner in Development Cooperation. Within the EU, Germany is in the same year the largest development partner in terms of actual disbursements, followed by , the United Kingdom, Sweden and France. Biggest bilateral single donor in terms of actual disbursements in 2010 is Japan followed by China, USA and – ranking fourth – Germany.
In October 2009, at the occasion of the 'Negotiations on Development Cooperation between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany', 34 million Euro for development cooperation were made available for the period 2009/10.
Enlarge image The focal areas of Cambodian-German Development Cooperation are:
Rural development and the reform and improvement of quality in the health care system.
Additionally projects to promote democracy, civil society and the reform of the public administration are a major area of support. Promotion of "Good Governance" is an inherent part of all development projects. All projects are targeted on poverty alleviation, the superior aim of the Cambodian-German Development Cooperation.
Since 1994 Germany has been engaged in Cambodia with 13,3 million Euro in the clearing of land mine areas.Beyond that, the Federal Government is a major contributor to the multilateral development assistance programmes of
the World Bank
the Asian Development Bank and