Australia has a strong diplomatic relationship with Cambodia, underpinned by our longstanding support for peace and development in the country. A more prosperous Cambodia is not only in Australia’s economic interests, but also integral to ensuring trans-boundary issues, such as drug-trafficking and pandemics, are managed effectively.
Australia is helping Cambodia continue its progress towards being a prosperous, stable and democratic nation in South East Asia. Australian support for agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, health and governance, gender equality and strengthened human capital all make a direct contribution to Cambodia’s future prosperity.
Australia is contributing to projects to upgrade and maintain Cambodia’s transport and energy infrastructure with a focus on underserved rural areas. Australia is also helping to rebuild infrastructure damaged during 2013 floods.
Improving the productivity of agriculture is vital to reducing poverty and driving economic growth in Cambodia. Australia is improving agricultural productivity and food security by rehabilitating irrigation systems and partnering with a wide range of agribusinesses in the fertiliser, pesticide, seed, milling and media markets to improve advice provided to farmers.
An irrigation barrier, Campong Chhnang, Cambodia (credit: DFAT).
Australia is supporting effective governance, crime prevention and community safety by providing assistance to Cambodia’s National Police at the commune level to work more productively with communities to prevent and address crime. We are improving access to the law through the provision of legal aid across the country and supporting Transparency International to implement anti-corruption programmes. Australia is also supporting international justice for war crimes as a major contributor to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
Australia is investing in health by contributing to a programme that will support 2.4 million of the poorest Cambodians to access essential health care in 2014-15 and is working with the Royal Government of Cambodia and other partners to improve the quality of care they receive.
An explanation of HIVAIDS and how it is transmitted being given by then volunteer Aaron Watson (credit: DFAT).
Rates of violence against women in Cambodia are amongst the highest in the region, which act as a significant brake on productivity as well as having a large negative impact on family and community harmony. In 2014-15, Australia will contribute to activities to respond to, and prevent, violence against women in Cambodia.
Mak Moa Nang is a teacher at Krola Primary School. She has been teaching for six years (credit: CARE Australia).
Investments in education are essential for promoting economic growth in Cambodia. The country needs skills to keep pace with an increasingly integrated and competitive ASEAN community. Australia will provide up to 55 Australia Awards Scholarships to outstanding Cambodians for post-graduate study in Australia, with a particular focus on trade, agriculture, infrastructure and health.
Australia is working to improve the quality of life for people with disability, including through strengthened coordination of the implementation of disability laws and policies and improved services for people with disability, including rehabilitation services.
Details of the proposed expenditure for this program for 2013-14 can be found here.
A table of proposed expenditure for 2013-14 and actual expenditure for 2012-13 for DFAT's aid program can be found here.