National Workshop on Promoting Country Systems in Cambodia

24-25 May 2011

Apsara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap



  1. Discuss and validate the EU/SIDA-funded 2010 report.
  2. Develop a common understanding of opportunities and constraints in country system use.
  3. Agree how the core reforms and PBA work can provide a framework to support further work.
  4. Explore opportunities to develop an assessment tool for common systems, setting out standards and approaches that can support common/joint approaches to country system development.
  5. Identify specific and practical steps towards engaging with sectors, core reforms and systems.




Session details


Tuesday 24 May


Opening session

  • Welcoming remarks by the Chair
  • Introductory comments by the Development Partner co-Facilitators of the Partnership & Harmonisation TWG



Perspectives on Country System use in Cambodia

This session provides an opportunity to learn more about the 2010 study and to respond to its findings

a)     Presentation of "National Structures and Systems for Aid Implementation in Cambodia"

b)     CRDB/CDC perspectives on country system use


            Questions, clarifications and discussion




Coffee break



Principal systems and reforms status, challenges and opportunities

This session considers some of the national systems (reforms and sector level) from the perspective of promoting their use by development partners:


a)     Planning - results-based planning and the alignment of external resources with NSDP M&E framework (MoP)

b)     Budgeting using results-based planning in Budget Strategic Plans (BSPs), budgeting and reporting systems (MEF)

c)     PFM systems development partner use of the RGC Standard Operating Procedures and the forthcoming Procurement Law (MEF)

d)     Capacity, human resource development and organizational development for strengthening ministerial coordination and management the role of development partners and technical cooperation (CAR)

e)     Sector budget support and experience in the use of country systems at sector level (MoEYS)

f)      Environmental impact assessment (MoE)


            Questions, clarifications and discussion




Development partner experience in strengthening and using county systems

a)     Standard Operating Procedures (ADB)

b)     Sector budget support (EC)

c)     Strengthening country systems in fisheries sector (DANIDA)






Comparative experience

Commentary and learning from the Bangladesh experience in strengthening and using PFM systems


Mr Rafique Ahmed Siddique, GoB


Coffee break



Priority actions in promoting use of country systems Group work

       Group 1 Common approaches to systems capacity assessment

       Group 2 Outlining an approach to integrate core reforms and PBAs

       Group 3 Identifying pilot sectors, systems and DP "champions"quot;


Groups facilitated by CRDB and consultants

Wednesday 25 May


Commentary from the facilitators Plenary

The consultants and group facilitators will provide a commentary on each groups work, identifying key areas of agreement, issues that may be relevant to other groups and their inputs to the next round of group work.



Coffee break



Identifying next steps and responsibilities Group work

       1 Common approaches to capacity assessment

       2 Outlining an approach to integrate core reforms and PBAs

       3 Identifying pilot sectors, systems and DP "champions"


Groups reflect on previous day's discussion and identify potential and practical next steps - for strengthening and using country systems

Groups facilitated by CRDB and consultants





Agreeing next steps Plenary

Groups report back followed by plenary discussion

       1 Developing and using common capacity assessments and tools

       2 Integrating core reforms in sector work by using PBAs

       3 Agreeing pilot sectors, systems and DP "champions"


A "core group" may be formed to further develop the next steps to be taken and to report back to the Partnership and Harmonisation TWG.


Followed by closing of the workshop

Chair and group resource persons


Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served after the workshop's close



Logistic details

1/ CRDB/CDC will host a dinner reception on 24 May (details to be announced)