Project title: Women Empowerment and Holistic Communities’ Development through Socio-Economic Improvement

Sector 15: Government and Civil Society (151 Government and civil society, general and 152 Conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security), Sector 12: Health (122 Basic Health), Sector 31 (311 Agriculture), Sector 41.

Location of the action

Cost of the action (EUR)

Role in the action:

Donors to the action (name)

Amount contributed (by donor)

Dates (from …. To….)

12 villages in 4 communes, 2 districts of Takeo





May 2013 to April 2016

Objectives and results of the action:

Objective of the Action

The 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.