Annex Four 

Database Structure and Future Development

The CDC Database, which is based on MS Access, has been developed locally by a national IT expert. It is available on-line at

Database features

The CDC Database has the following features:

  • Public on-line access / secure password entry for administrators

  • Records disbursements by all donors and across all sectors

  • Sector classifications based on the NSDP and informed by OECD/DAC methodology

  • Records all types of aid (based on OECD/DAC terminology)

  • Report / Filter functions (designed by user) including export to Excel

  • Donor / Sector / TWG / Province reporting formats

  • Pre-formatted sector profiles (all sectors) linked to live data

  • Records and reports on all project-level Paris Declaration indicators

  • Forward-looking projections for Government planning and budgeting purposes

  • Secure data entry by donor / partner, including off-line feature

  • Locally maintained & easily customised

  • On-line / downloadable User Manual

  • Database available free of charge to other partner countries (South-South cooperation)

Future Database development

In the second half of 2007, CRDB/CDC will consider modifications to the database structure with the objective, as at present, being to develop a user-friendly system that can record all aid inflows to Cambodia as well as producing all the reports that are required for Government and development partner use. Some of the modifications that are being considered include:

  • Revising the project record structure so that one project record contains all the financing data on one project (presently each funding partner completes a unique record)

  • NGO Database integration and on-line access to incorporate NGO flows into the main database

  • Key project outputs to be included as a new field (based on advice provided by line ministries and TWGs) with linkages to sector-based systems

  • Improved links with line ministry systems (including on the collection of data, sharing of information, and interfacing between different systems)

  • Closer links with PIP and MTEF, including recording of PIP numbers, providing new fields on future disbursements, and sub-sector classification suited to line ministry planning needs

  • Paris Declaration reporting function made publicly accessible

  • Database reporting function to be customised in the CDCF pledging format so that this presentation can be routinely produced for CDCF meetings

Improved Database workflow management

Given the fragmentation in development assistance, it is increasingly necessary to record pipeline assistance so that more rational forward planning of resource use can be achieved. The Database also offers great potential to provide increased support to the national planning and budgeting exercise and collaboration with MoP and MEF will continue to make progress.

Support to line ministries and TWGs is also a priority, ensuring that the CDC database can be used as a tool at sector level and that there is a minimum of overlap in database systems and data collection exercises. The current challenge, however, is to provide support to development partners so that higher quality data can be made available to the Database; this will be done by attempting to make data entry and validation more routine (see Chapter Five).

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