In 1979, coming out of four years of the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodians began to rebuild their country from zero. They were initially shunned by the most of the international community and had to endure a further twenty years of civil war.
UNICEF, the United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund, was one agency that came back immediately after liberation from the Khmer Rouge. It has provided consistent support to Cambodia in its reconstruction and development, focusing, of course, on the rights of children.
There has been immense progress over the past thirty years, and the situation of children exemplifies that progress. However, one-third of all families still live in poverty, and there are increasing, and increasingly complex, disparities in the situation of children and their families. UNICEF and others have been researching and analysing those disparities to determine what new development strategies are needed to promote greater equity.
Government now has vastly greater means and capacities than it did thirty years ago. Many donors and other development partners provide generous support to Cambodia but also complexify the cooperation environment. Meanwhile, UNICEF maintains its lofty ambitions to realize the rights of every child in Cambodia but is now only a very small contributor to official development assistance.
How can UNICEF meet its development goals as a small fish in a big pond? Is knowledge brokering the way forward? And what role could academia in the region play in advancing the child rights agenda?
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Mr. Richard Bridle, UNICEF Representative, Cambodia
- Thursday, 29 September 2011
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road