Australia is one of Cambodia’s largest bilateral development partners. Our strong relationship is built on Australia’s strong support for the Cambodian Peace Process in the late 1980s and 1990s, including our lead role in the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. We focus our engagement in areas of greatest need including child and maternal health and rural poverty, where we have the experience and capacity to deliver results.
Australia has invested $244.3 million in Cambodia over the previous three years. Our investment has contributed to important development results including:
- saving lives by reducing maternal mortality by half and child mortality by a third
- stimulating economic opportunity by rehabilitating over 110 km of the national railway network to connect the capital Phnom Penh to the seaport of Sihanoukville
- reducing rural poverty by building irrigation schemes and providing training to help farmers increase their production.
More on results can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.
Following the Government’s announcement on 17 December 2012 to reprioritise resources within the aid budget, the 2012–13 budget estimate for the Cambodia program was reduced by $11.4 million. This comprises a deferral of payments until 2013–14 for:
- a World Bank health program ($2.5 million)
- some activities under the Eliminating Violence Against Women program ($2.5 million)
- the Asian Development Bank rail project ($4 million)
- the Partnering to Save Lives program for child and maternal health ($1.9 million)
There will also be a reduction in the Australia Awards Program ($0.5 million).
Australia expects to provide $80.4 million in development assistance to Cambodia in 2012–13. Australia remains committed to delivering results in Cambodia and our development assistance is expected to have a resounding impact in future years. We will help Cambodia:
- ensure that 75 per cent of all births are attended by trained health staff
- provide 50 long-term scholarship awards for study in Australia
- continue support for agricultural development and mine clearance.