Local governance

Situation

Child and gender sensitive planning

Child protection

Community preschools

Maternal and child health

Clean water and sanitation

Impact

 

Child and gender sensitive planning

Ensuring child and gender
© UNICEF Cambodia/Nicolas Axelrod

Each Commune Council has an annual budget of approximately US$24,000 through the government treasury system, but many communes receive two to three times that amount through donor and NGO support. However, communes tend to spend the majority of their budget on physical infrastructure, with limited funds directed to social services for children and women. Similarly, existing monitoring systems only track expenditures related to physical infrastructure, with no recording of spending on social services.

UNICEF is working with the government at the provincial, district and commune levels to strengthen capacities to map, collect and analyse data related to the situation of women and children, with the aim of increasingly responding to the needs of vulnerable families.

Ensuring child and gender
© UNICEF Cambodia/Nicolas Axelrod

What we do

  • Develop the capacity of authorities at provincial, district and commune levels, as well as Women and Children Focal Points and village leaders to:
    •  Collect relevant and sex-disaggregated data related to children and women;
    •  Analyse emerging issues and identify priorities related to children’s and women’s rights, child protection, maternal and newborn health, water, sanitation  and hygiene, and early childhood education;
    •  Plan and budget for these priorities;
    •  Take simple, measurable and feasible actions to address the issues and priorities identified;
    •  Follow up and monitor interventions.
  • Support the organization of provincial and district fora to encourage collaboration among service providers and decision makers at provincial, district and commune levels.
  • Work with Councils and Boards of Governors at provincial, district and commune levels to ensure that women and children are associated with, and participate in, local reform and the new democratic development process.
  • Continue to strengthen the capacities of the local government to effectively engage in decentralized planning and budgeting, and management and delivery of public services with equitable access for the most vulnerable families.
  • Generate and document experiences to influence policy development at national level on the delivery of quality services to the most vulnerable families to support the achievement of Cambodia’s Millennium Development Goal targets.

 

 

 

 

Local Goernance for Child Rights - UNICEF's Principal Support

• Build the capacity of authorities at the provincial, district and commune levels, as well as Women and Children Focal Points and village leaders to identify issues related to the rights of women and children, and to take simple, measurable actions to improve the management and delivery of social services.
• Facilitate collaboration and dialogue between ministries, local governments, social service providers and communities, and support systematic monitoring and follow-up action to ensure that children’s and women’s rights are acknowledged and served.


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