KOICA provides $10 million to build villages of peace through integrated rural community development

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) confirms an allocation of $10 million to develop communities in the northwestern region of Cambodia to become a community of peace and prosperity.

The confirmation was made during the signing ceremony of a record of discussions with the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) on the project to build villages of peace through the integrated development of rural communities.

The record of the discussions was signed by Dr. Ouk Rabun, Minister of MRD and Rho Hyunjun, Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office on June 9 at MRD in Phnom Penh.

According to a press release from KOICA, the project will be implemented in three provinces, Battambang, Pailin and Banteay Meanchey. The project aims to develop a sustainable and peaceful Northwest region through the Inclusive Rural Community Development Program.

Less than US$10 million grant from the Republic of Korea, the project will be carried out for 60 months (2022-2026) to improve the living conditions of rural citizens such as vulnerable groups, smallholders and farmer groups and relevant government officials. The main components of the project include: improving rural living conditions, increasing sustainable agricultural incomes and strengthening rural development governance.

Dr. Rabun said this project is an important support as these areas have suffered intense warfare and are contaminated with landmines and UXO. After the end of the war, the government did its best to manage these contaminations in cooperation with the DPs and NGOs.

As a result, he added, most areas have been free of landmines and UXO. However, these areas still need support as they lack drinking water, social and economic infrastructure, especially insufficient support for agricultural activities to make land use more efficient.

Rho mentioned that rural development is a pillar of KOICA’s country partnership strategy. KOICA is committed to supporting this industry. KOICA is pleased to implement this significant project contributing to the socio-economic development of North West Cambodia.

“Besides this project, KOICA has also provided funding from 2021 with $10 million to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for demining and UXO in the North West region of Cambodia. Therefore, with this new project, the region that has experienced intense war will become a community of peace and prosperity,” the Country Director emphasized. AKP-C. Nika

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