VBHCD

Project Name: Value-Based Holistic for Community Development (VBHCD)

Funded By: Heifer International Cambodia

Period: April 2008 to June 2010

The project is aiming to improve standard of living – physical and economic environment – in selected poor villages is improved and women in particular are empowered to participate in planning and implementation of village and commune development affairs. The specific objectives of the project are: 1). to improve food security and nutrition of poor communities by improving farming skills and diversifying the farm production base to greater utilise their available resources; 2). to empower and promote the involvement of the poor and disadvantaged, especially women, in community development affairs by building permanent bridges between SHGs and the VDCs especially in relation to preparation process of Commune Investment Plan (CIP) and Commune Development Plan (CDP); and 3) to manage the project in an efficient and effective way to meet requirements of the funding agency and PDAO internal standards toward long-term sustainability of project outcomes.

Results of the Action:

High Level Performance Indicators:

  • Standard of living conditions for the poor households measured by food security and nutrition – in progress
  • Involvement of poor communities, and particularly women: 54 SHGs formed consisting of 1,254 members (1,013 female) and number of SHGs’ leaders taking, total of 104 members (40 female) active in role as members of village development committee (VDC) in 12 villages, 4 communes.
  • The SHGs’ leaders and VDCs taking active role and functioning in project management committee (PMC) in each respective commune, working as partnership in addressing issues/needs representing their community for the holistic community development and integration of outcomes into CIP/CDP.
  • 30% encountered issues/needs have been taken into account by the local authorities, the Community Investment Plans (CIPs) reflect community inputs, especially the collective voices of local people and the women.
  • Additional funds leveraged for project continuation.