Village's savings group keeps livelihoods afloat in Cambodia

Srun Bun Thuon, a fisherman from the Koh Kong province on the southwestern coast of Cambodia, saw his family’s life crumble seven years ago when he had to sell off his house to repay a microfinance debt. “Even our daughter’s earrings were not spared. I took them off her ears to sell to pay off the debt,” says Nhek Sophy, Srun Bun Thuon’s wife, recalling the family’s misfortune in 2007.

But the couple managed to get back on their feet since then with loans from their village’s savings fund, where villagers, bound by mutual trust, are pooling money to use for small businesses or emergencies when banking services are out of reach.

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Improving disaster preparedness in Cambodia

06 June 2013

UNDP has provided support for Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management to organize training on the management of data on disaster loss and damage caused by natural disaster. Thirty-five people from various government institutions, UN agencies, development partners and non-governmental organizations took part in the workshop on 4-6 June.

The training was designed to improve management of the disaster database for more effective responses to disasters in the future.
Disaster loss and damage data exists with various ministries, but these datasets are not well organized. This has prompted the need to enhance the current Disaster Management Information System in Cambodia.

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Sweden gives new fund for climate change projects

Phnom Penh –Sweden has provided new grant to support United Nations Development Programme in carrying out projects aimed at improving livelihoods of Cambodian people in rural communities most vulnerable to impacts of climate change.

Swedish Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Anne Höglund and UNDP Country Director Setsuko Yamazaki signed the grant agreement of SEK 10.57 million Swedish Kronor (US$1.6 million) on Friday, 10 May 2013. The amount is in addition to SEK 17.30 million (US$2.6 million) that the Swedish Government has given earlier to UNDP to implement Cambodia Community-Based Adaptation Project (CCBAP).

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Greater gender role in climate change response

24 April 2013

Phnom Penh – In connection to the visit by Ms. Anna Lindstedt, the Swedish Ambassador for Climate Change, the Swedish embassy held, on 24 April, a discussion on gender-related issues in the context of climate change. The objective was to highlight the need for greater effort by policy makers and practitioners alike in integrating gender into strategies to respond to climate change.
Mrs. Anne Hoglund, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia said: “the Swedish Government attaches great importance of the issue of climate change, both globally, regionally and nationally. Cambodia has been assessed as the sixth most vulnerable country in the world to the impacts of climate change, mainly due to weak capacity of adaptation and mitigation at national and local levels. Women and children, especially in rural areas, are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population, and will likely bear the most of the burden of climate change impacts, be it through floods or droughts due to changing climate patterns.”

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