Study on Commune/Sangkat Planning and Budgeting for Social Services


Cambodia. Location within Cambodia: 21 provinces

Project Description

In partnership with NCDDS, UNICEF commissioned this comprehensive study to identify the gaps and challenges in commune/sangkat (CS) planning, budget allocation, and execution with particular focus on social services for poor and vulnerable groups (women and children, youth, disabled person including disabled children, and ethnic minorities). The study also maps the demand for social services among the poor and non-poor with particular focus on women and children, the space, the scope and the capacity of the community to influence the CS planning and budgeting, and the capacity (planning and budgeting) of communes in addressing social issues and implementing social service interventions, social protection, emergency preparedness, and response and community resilience especially in reaching the most deprived children and women.

This mixed methods survey combines both quantitative and qualitative data from households and CS budget planning and preparation at the community levels, including a desk review and analysis of the national CS planning and budgeting process and procedures. Angkor Research is responsible for all aspects of this mixed methods survey of 3,200 community-level household respondents in the quantitative survey, as well as key informant interviews with NCCD and other national and subnational stakeholders, 320 in-depth interviews with commune-level CS budget planning stakeholders, and 8 focus group discussions. Activities include the literature review, sample methodology and selection, instrument design and translation, field data collection, data management, data analysis and reporting. The response rate for the household survey was 96.2%.