UNDP in Cambodia

About Us

UNDP in Cambodia

UNDP has been in Cambodia for more than 50 years now, operating from 1958 to 1975, resuming in a limited capacity in 1980 contributing to emergency relief operations, and formally establishing its offices in Phnom Penh in 1994 with the signature of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA). We are currently implementing a new Country Programme Document 2019-2023, which has been endorsed by the Letter of Agreement between the Country Office and the Royal Government of Cambodia.

UNDP aims to enhance the government’s ability to deliver public services to the population in an efficient, effective, equitable and accountable manner, to consolidate a participatory democracy with a responsible civil society and to create an enabling environment for inclusive growth, private sector development and sustainable use of natural resources. UNDP supports Cambodia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP country programme is aligned with the Rectangular Strategy and NSDP. The programme positions UNDP as a strategic partner to government with the  objective of adapting and implementing the Goals to support transition to upper middle-income status through sustainable growth, eliminating poverty and leaving no one behind. This draws on the UNDP Strategic Plan, 2018-2021, and is an integral part of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2019-2023.

Building on existing models, UNDP will bring in greater public and private investment. UNDP can help private investors do well by doing good, and realize the potential financial and social returns in the 2030 Agenda. UNDP will partner with financing institutions, including international financial institutions (IFIs),  to create and test new investment vehicles for the Goals, and support delivery of concessional loan financed programmes.

Using finance as an integrator for the Goals, UNDP can provide a platform for other United Nations organizations to participate in innovative collaborations.  Through the common chapter of their respective strategic plans, 2018-2021, UNDP will work with UNFPA, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), and others on social protection, youth employment, women’s empowerment, forest protection, climate change, and access to justice for persons with disabilities.

In a break from the supply-driven capacity-building of the past, UNDP will work with government to create incentives for civil servants and citizens to find their own ways to improve services. In each part of the programme, UNDP will support the Government to find innovative solutions to long-standing institutional challenges.

The programme aims to deliver on the pledge to leave no-one behind,  targeting development results that include and empower those below or near the poverty line, and vulnerable groups, including women and girls, unemployed youth, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and people living with HIV (PLHIV).

The programme consists of three inter-dependent pillars: prosperity, planet and peace.

What are our results?

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Representative is the most senior official for UNDP in Cambodia and ultimately accountable for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions in the country and for ensuring that all UNDP policies and procedures are fully complied with. The UNDP Country Office is led by Ms. Alissar Chaker, Resident Representative, supported by Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad, Head of Policy and Innovation, Ms. Nimnuon Iv Ek, Head of Programmes, Ms. Rany Pen, Head of Operations, Mr. Socheath Heng, and Head of Results Based Management, Ms. Norng Ratana.