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Ponlok Chomnes Knowledge Exchange and Dialogue
  • Date: Thursday, 27 April 2023
  • Time: 8:00 am > 5:00 pm
  • Attending: 0
  • Location: Siem Reap

The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chomnes Program, in collaboration with its research partners, co-hosted the Knowledge Exchange and Dialogue on “Enhancing Public Service Sector for Vulnerable Groups in Cambodia” on April 27, 2023. The event welcomed about 120 participants (about 30% women), representing governmental and non-governmental agencies, local organisations, person with disabilities, private sector, young students, and academia. The event was to share ideas and insights regarding the opportunities and challenges for vulnerable groups in accessing public services in Cambodia.

The event touched upon a number of issues in Cambodia based on various research and case studies as well as sought recommendations to enhance tourism, migration, education of persons with disabilities, pension scheme, clean water supply, digital literacy, community development, and others.

Some key takeaways include: The development plan should be participatory by citizens throughout the whole process to ensure inclusiveness and gender responsiveness. There should be inclusive and confidential feedback mechanisms to ensure citizens’ needs are responsively addressed. Additionally, there should be data to support policy formulation and implementation. It is also important to ensure higher resource allocation to address social issues for vulnerable populations.

This Knowledge Exchange and Dialogue was supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Embassy, Cambodia) through The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia program.