SUPIC – Support to the Parliament in Cambodia

Project completed

Established only in 1993, the Parliament in Cambodia is still a weak institution. Strengthening the Parliament, representing increasingly the interests of their constituencies will be a key driver for promoting equitable development and sustainable poverty reduction in Cambodia. Switzerland – through support to the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia - strengthens the Parliament to adopt effective mechanisms to fulfil its legislative, representative and oversight functions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Cambodia
Governance

Democratic participation and civil society
Public sector policy
Decentralisation
01.02.2014 - 28.02.2017
CHF 2'950'000
Background

High economic growth in Cambodia is accompanied by growing inequalities, widening gaps and increased social tensions. Strengthening the Parliament in Cambodia is important for enhancing the representation of citizen’s voice and interests at national level. The two-tier Parliament of Cambodia is still a young institution that has yet to gain the capacity to fulfil its mandate. The Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia (PIC) emerged as an independent NGO out of several projects aiming at building the capacities of the Parliament. In the first phase, SDC supports the Parliament through PIC.

 

Objectives

The Parliament of Cambodia adopts effective mechanisms to fulfil its legislative, representative and oversight functions and is recognised by Cambodian citizens as a legitimate institution that promotes and protects their interests.

Target groups

Elected Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Commissions, Secretariats of both houses, and through them the people of Cambodia.

Medium-term outcomes

Parliamentarians have increased capacity to provide input into draft legislation

Parliamentarians have improved their representation function

Parliamentarians have increased capacity to fulfil their oversight role at the sub-national level

The Secretariats of Parliament have increased capacity to provide services for Parliamentarians

PIC is recognised by Parliament as a capacity development centre in legislative and democratic development support, and as a partner of Parliament and their Secretariats

PIC is an accountable and efficient organization

 

Results

Expected results:  

  • Research products, expert hearings and public consultations on subjects and issues requested by Parliamentarians.
  • Staff of the Secretariats of Parliament is trained in research and other skills related to functioning of Parliament.
  • PIC’s M&E system is strengthened

 


Results from previous phases:  

Several projects (UNDP, CIDA, Sida) supported the capacities of the new Parliament in Cambodia in the past. In the opening phase, SDC mandated a study on lessons-learned from previous projects. Key lessons include:

  • Delivery of demand driven research products linked to support for outreach and consultation activities are an effective way to increase Parliamentary capacity.
  • For the new Parliament in a still weak governance context, a program approach, independently based outside the Houses of the Parliament, is more effective than project based activities inside the Secretariats.

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO


Other partners

Sida

Coordination with other projects and actors

Support to the parliament provides a strong synergy to SDC’s support to the Sub-national Democratic Development program (SNDD). SDC will work in close partnership with SIDA (planned support by SIDA until end of 2017). SDC and SIDA will coordinate their activities incl. on the technical support by Swiss and Swedish Parliamentary Services and Members of Parliament.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'950'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'676'565
Project phases Phase 2 01.05.2017 - 31.03.2021   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.02.2014 - 28.02.2017   (Completed)