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'Takeo province, which is in the southwest of Cambodia and shares an international border with Viet Nam, could be considered the “last mile” in local development.
Also known as the “cradle of the Khmer civilisation,” the province is subdivided into 10 districts, 100 communes and 1,117 villages, with many of its population depending on subsistence farming, fishery, rice and fruit cropping to live.
The rural household depends especially on the province’s rich agriculture and its related sub-sectors.
This is why four graduate students from a New York University (NYU) WagnerCapstone team conducted a field mission in Cambodia from January 10th to January 23rd, 2016 in Takeo and the capital, Phnom Penh.
The aim of the field mission was to assess the constraints and opportunities to support the creation of a new phase of UNCDF’s LoCAL programme, which would integrate revenue-generating projects as well as private sector financing. The team investigated the potential to build upon existing LoCAL investments with these revenue-generating and private-financing aspects.
To gain a deeper understanding of the needs, capacities and desires of stakeholders, the team conducted several interviews in Takeo Province and Phnom Penh. In Takeo, the NYU team visited Daunkeo Municipality and Bati District to see LoCAL project sites, met with provincial, district and commune officials, LGCC II team members, and engaged with farmers and beneficiaries. In Phnom Penh, the team held a number of small group meetings and interviews to acquire an understanding of social enterprise efforts in Cambodia, access to finance and existing activities, which could be supported or replicated within a new LoCAL phase...' (continue)