Guided by the Rectangular Strategy Phase III and the National Strategic Development Plan (2014-2018), German development cooperation with Cambodia focuses on rural economic development and social protection in health. Germany also provides support to strengthening democratic governance, inclusive institutions at all levels and a dynamic civil society with a focus on gender equality, and reconciliation and justice.
Based on agreements with the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissions GIZ and KfW Banking Group to implement programs and projects and monitor their results. Over the past 10 years, BMZ has provided €219 million in ODA (Official Development Assistance). KfW Banking Group has provided an additional $120 million in loans through its own funds and is key shareholder in microfinance funds which committed another $121 million over the last five years in Cambodia. German-Cambodian cooperation is contributing to the progressive realisation and protection of human rights for all – one of the most important pillars of European cooperation as reflected in the European Development Cooperation Strategy for Cambodia 2014-2018.
Under the umbrella of the “One World – No Hunger Initiative”, Germany has reinforced its strong commitment to global food and nutrition security. The recently launched initiative addresses all dimensions of the post-2015 agenda: eradicating poverty and hunger; creating jobs and income, safeguarding the integrity of creation; and strengthening good governance and building peace. Germany actively contributes to the definition and further endorsement of the Sustainable Millennium Development Goals (SDGs), which build upon the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) as the post-2015 development agenda.
When in 2015 the United Nations will agree on the SDGs, Cambodia will have progressed significantly in the achievement of its MDGs. As Cambodia is increasingly integrating into global value chains and with the prospect of ASEAN integration, Germany supports efforts at the regional level to promote a fair and well-balanced regional integration considering needs and demands of vulnerable groups, decent work for all and partnerships for sustainable economic growth.