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At Champatep primary school in in Kampong Speu province children at the chalkboard practice their reading

SIDA is the government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with a primary goal to reduce poverty in the world. Sida in cooperation with others is contributing to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU). Sida’s primary function is to implement the Swedish development policy that will enable poor people to improve their lives

SIDA and UNICEF Cambodia have a strong and long-standing partnership in the education sector in Cambodia. Under the previous UNICEF Cambodia programme, SIDA supported the Expanded Basic Education Programme which supported the Royal Government of Cambodia in: capacity building for sector wide reform and decentralization, improved equitable access and quality of basic education and, expanded learning opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth. Today, SIDA supports UNICEF Cambodia’s work on Basic Education Support, which includes early childhood education, Child Friendly School and Bilingual education.  SIDA is also a core contributor to the Education Capacity Development Partnership Fund (CDPF). SIDA’s support to UNICEF has resulted in improved quality of education through the introduction of multi-grade teaching and the application of bilingual education for minority language groups.

Sweden is a like-minded partner whose assistance to UNICEF is of upmost importance to achieve tangible results for children throughout the country. Sweden has been one of the main donors supporting decentralisation reform in Cambodia. Together with Dfid, SIDA channels funding to UNDP’s Project to Support Democratic Development through Decentralization and Deconcentration (PSDD) from 2007-2011, a project which aimed to build capacity at sub-national level, paving the way for the 10-year National Programme for sub-national Democratic Development (2010-2019). In May 2011, Sida signed a partnership agreement with the Royal Government of Cambodia to support the initial period of the three-year implementation plan of the ten-year national programme with a total of 175 million Swedish Krona (USD 28 million) until 30 September 2012. SIDA, ADB, DANIDA and UNICEF are currently the only four donors who are signatory to the Memorandum on a Programme Based Approach for support to the 10-year national programme.



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