Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy (2019-2023)

The Royal Government of Cambodia approved the Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy (DCPS) 2019-2023 through the Decision no 03 SSR dated on 11 January 2019. The overarching objective of the DCPS (2019-2023) is to support the implementation of the Rectangular Strategy  Phase IV and the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) through mobilizing and managing all development finance flow to ensure that all resources are used for maximum effectiveness.

This note provides basic information, overview of the formulation process and the link to the Strategy.

I. Overview of the DCPS (2019-2023)

The DCPS (2019-2023) is designed to maintain continuity and build upon a solid foundation that has been achieved by the Royal Government of Cambodia in the previous phase of the Strategy. The impressive momentum was reflected by the ability of the Royal government to mobilise development cooperation, enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the allocation and utilisation of external resources, and strengthen policy dialogue mechanisms to ensure high quality partnerships with relevant stakeholders. This Strategy will continue to ensure the RGC's ownership in development, equal partnership and mutual respect in dialogue, and result-oriented development.

II. Structure of the DCPS (2019-2023)

This Strategy guides partnership work by incorporating international commitments into national development effectiveness principles, providing an institutional framework for mobilising development cooperation, creating measurable goals that manage principles of partnership and mutual accountability between the Royal Government of Cambodia and development partners, and identifying appropriate tools and mechanisms for promoting collaboration with all relevant development actors. The structure of the Strategy is as follows:

The structure and content of the Strategy is as follows:

          1.  Introduction

          2.  Development Cooperation Context

          3.  Strategic Goals, Objectives and Results Frameworks

          4.  Principles, Tools and Partnerships for Strategy Implementation

  • Principles

  • Mechanisms and Tools

    • Integration of external support into the national budget
    • Bilateral consultations with development partners
    • Technical Working Groups (TWGs)
    • Sectoral Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
    • Government-NGO Consultative Meeting
    • Provincial Partnership Dialogue
    • Formulation and Application of Partnership Guidelines
    • Joint Monitoring Indicators (JMIs)
    • Development Cooperation and Partnerships Report (DCPR)
    • ODA and NGO Database
    • Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (and Busan Survey)


  • Institutional Arrangements for DCPS Implementation

          5.  Partnerships to Support Development Results

          6.  Conclusion

III. Formulation process

The DCPS (2019-2023) was developed at a time when Cambodia's development priorities and context were fast-evolving. The process of formulating the Strategy was highly consultative and evidence-based, learning from the experience and perspectives of different development actors across a wide range of sectors and themes in order to build a consensus on future priorities. The process of formulation included:


  • Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Exercise
    • ODA Data Provision: All development partners were requested to update data of their support in the Cambodia ODA Database.
    • Portfolio Validation: CRDB/CDC worked with development partner's data entry focal points to validate their data provided.
    • DCPS's Results Framework: The result of the monitoring exercise was used to develop baselines and targets for implementing and monitoring the DCPS (2019-2023).
  • Cambodia Development Finance Assessment (DFA) Update
    The DFA was updated to ensure the main sources of development finance especially domestic revenue were cautiously taken into consideration.
  • TWG's Performance Review
    • CRDB/CDC sent a survey question to all TWGs.
    • Responses were made by all TWGs (either jointly formulated by the RGC and DPs or separately).
    • Results were synthesised and incorporated into the DCPS (2019-2023).
  • Consultation and Validation
    • Consultation Workshop: CRDB/CDC organised series of consultation meetings to receive inputs, feedback, and suggestions from all line ministries and government agencies, development partners, NGOs, the private sector and relevant development actors.
    • Economic and Public Finance Policy Committee: The draft DCPS was discussed and reviewed by the Economic and Public Finance Policy Committee of the Ministry of Economy and Finance on 27th December 2018.
  • Dissemination
    • CRDB/CDC disseminated the DCPS (2019-2023) at the consultation meeting on the partnership mechanisms and tools for implementing the DCPS (2019-2023) on 6th March 2019.
    • CRDB/CDC disseminated the DCPS (2019-2023) to all line ministries, government agencies, development partners, NGOs, sub-national administrations, and all relevant stakeholders.

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