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UNICEF in Cambodia works as part of the United Nations system to promote and protect the rights of children and women. Our work is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and core human rights treaties, especially the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Country Programme 2016- 2018

UNICEF, in conjunction with the Royal Government of Cambodia, has entered into a new period of cooperation to build upon the successes of the 2011-2015 Country Programme. In support of the Government’s National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018, UNICEF is supporting the Government to identify and overcome key bottlenecks that impede the realization of children’s rights. The 2016- 2018 Country Programme directly contributes to the three United Nations Development Assistance Framework outcomes that focus on sustainable growth and development; sustainable and quality social services and protection; and more transparent and accountable national and sub-national institutions.

The 2016-2018 programme focuses on a set of transitions that includes shifting from centralization to increased management of services at the local level; moving the focus of planning from rehabilitation to inclusive growth; and moving from building systems capabilities to more efficient performance of systems and increased service delivery, with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

Partners in support of national development

The Royal Government of Cambodia leads the cooperation and is UNICEF’s principal partner.
We collaborate with government counterparts from national level to the local level. Other partners are civil society and NGOs, community-based organizations, private sector, the media, UN agencies and international organizations operating in Cambodia.

During this new programme cycle, we aim to strengthen our partnerships with academia, research and training institutions and those representing excluded children in order to maximize the expertise, capacities and resources of all those involved.

Our approach

UNICEF, working with partners, will build on past successes and take the country’s fulfilment of children’s rights into a further level of transition and progress.

In addition to its existing strategies for improving the lives of children in Cambodia, UNICEF has incorporated new thinking and new approaches into the 2016- 2018 Country Programme. A key change is the shift from coverage to quality of service delivery. Through strengthened data and evidence gathering to inform policy change for children, UNICEF works to better target the most disadvantaged populations. Greater emphasis is also placed on community engagement and empowerment.

All UNICEF programming support incorporates actions to promote resilience-strengthening of children, families and communities including disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness actions. A gender lens and adolescent-sensitive approach is applied throughout all programming to address barriers undermining girls’ and boys’ realization of their rights.

UNICEF Cambodia is supported by generous contributions from a network of UNICEF National Committees, government as well as individual and private sector donors.

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