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Cambodia: Northwestern Rural Development Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development, Education, Finance, Health, Transport | country: Cambodia

This validation agrees with the project completion report’s (PCR) analysis of lessons identified. Investments on rural infrastructure can be maximized by regular and periodic maintenance. The labor-based appropriate technology (LBAT) was a cost- effective method for employing local labor for rural infrastructure and civil works but it is most effective when used in the initial construction stage and less effective for delivering good-quality regular maintenance. Decentralized decision making empowers the local and community level stakeholders and promotes their ownership of the project. However, clear and simple procedure for reporting and disbursement need to be set in place for it to be most effective. Capacity building should accompany decentralized decision making to strengthen capabilities at the local and community level in planning, implementation, and management of subprojects. The role of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in working with communities was effective, particularly in training and participatory planning.

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