ADB Gives $40m for Local Services

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PHNOM PENH – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $40 million loan to support Cambodia’s efforts to enhance local services through reforms in public finance and decentralization.

“Reforms and digital solutions implemented under the program will help align local plans with national and provincial budgets for a more effective and equitable delivery of basic public services like access to water, sanitation, and education,” ADB country director for Cambodia Jyotsana Varma said.

“Measures undertaken under the program will also boost women’s participation in local decision-making.”

This program builds on ADB’s long standing support for decentralization reforms in Cambodia.ADB has helped establish one-window service offices for more responsive service delivery, as well as ombudsperson offices to monitor the improved breadth, depth and quality of services.

ADB has been a partner of Cambodia in supporting reforms in public finance management and decentralization since 2002, with an emphasis on pursuing policies to deepen administrative and fiscal decentralization measures for improved service delivery, local economic development, and poverty reduction.

This new program loan is in line with ADB’s country partnership strategy for Cambodia for 2019–2023.

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