Focus Group Discussions with the Beneficiaries of the COVID-19 Relief Transfer for the Poor Program in Cambodia


Cambodia. Location within country: 25 provinces/municipalities (Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Kampot, Kandal, Kep, Koh Kong, Kracheh, Mondulkiri, Oddar Meanchey, Pailin, Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng, Pursat, Rattanakiri, Siem Reap, Stung Treng, Svay Rieng, Takeo, and Tboung Khmum)

Project Description

In June 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia began providing recurring monthly cash payouts to households with the IDPoor designation throughout the kingdom in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The amount offered varies based on locality, household demographics, and IDPoor status (IDPoor Level 1 and IDPoor Level 2). The payout was originally intended to cover two months and has seen extensions since. The project sought to understand the procedure for recipients and needs being addressed by the programme, as well as identify challenges and weaknesses in the cash transfer mechanism to improve future programmes provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

After winning the public bid for the project, Angkor Research was awarded the contract from the World Bank. Angkor Research was responsible for all components of the data collection and data management, including: sampling methodology, framework and selection; instrument design, translation and pre-testing; data collection; data entry and data management; transcription, translation and coding of all qualitative data; quantitative and qualitative data analysis; and report writing. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns of widespread transmission, Angkor Research advocated for and succeeded in revising the methodology where 30 FGDs became 180 telephone interviews with cash transfer programme beneficiaries.