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BRIEF December 24, 2018

Stakeholder Consultation Plan: Cambodia Country Partnership Framework

Background

The World Bank Group (WBG) is preparing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) with Cambodia for 2019 – 2023.  The CPF builds on the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD), which was prepared by WBG staff in close cooperation with the government and other stakeholders in Cambodia. The SCD identifies and analyzes the key challenges to and opportunities or pathways for achieving strong, sustainable, and equitable growth ends extreme poverty. The SCD benefitted from extensive consultations with stakeholders across the country, including elected officials, private sector representatives, civil society and development partners.

As part of the CPF development process, the WBG is undertaking public consultations to inform the drafting of its CPF. This will include both face-to-face meetings with key stakeholder groups across the country, as well as a web-based platform to reach a wider group of stakeholders.

Objective of CPF Consultations

The objective of the consultations is to generate a shared understanding of Cambodia’s most pressing development challenges and where the WBG should concentrate its support over the next five years.

Key Stakeholder Groups to Be Consulted

Government and Parliament

Officials from the Ministry of Economy and Finance; Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of specific commissions of the National Assembly; officials and representatives of selected Line Ministries; officials and representatives of public entities such as the Anti-Corruption Unit, National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD)

  

Sub-national Government

Representatives from provincial, district and commune councils

Private Sector

Representatives of domestic and international private sector companies

NGOs and Civil Society

Representatives of community-based organizations, service delivery NGOs, advocacy NGOs and youth organizations

Development Partners

Representatives from Donors and UN agencies

The Consultation Process

Face-to-Face Consultation Meetings

The face-to-face (F2F) consultation meetings with each of the above-mentioned stakeholder groups will be structured either as plenary presentations and discussions or as small focus group discussions. These face-to-face consultation meetings are by invitation and the schedule will be posted on the consultation webpage.  

For consultations with NGOs/CSOs, the WBG will partner with three NGO networks – The Cooperation Committee of Cambodia (CCC), NGO Forum and Khmer Youth Association – to identify participants. Each NGO network will be asked to identify both Phnom Penh and province-based NGO/CSO participants for the F2F consultations.

The F2F consultation meetings will be held in Phnom Penh. The WBG will cover the travel costs of invited participants who need financial assistance to travel to the meetings.

LOCATION

PARTICIPANTS

Phnom Penh

Participants from Phnom Penh, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Preah Sihanouk, Takeo, Siem Reap, and Battambang provinces

Languages. The consultations with government, parliament, private sector, UN and development partners will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Khmer. The consultations with sub-national government officials and NGOs/CSOs will be conducted in Khmer with simultaneous interpretation in English.

Relevant Background Materials. Invitations and relevant background materials (SCD executive summary, Country Portfolio Factsheet and Consultation plan in English and Khmer will be hand-delivered to invited participants at least 14 days (two weeks) before the scheduled meetings. Other background materials such as the full SCD report 2017 will be available on the consultation webpage.

Web-based Consultation Platform

A web-based consultation platform will be launched in both English and Khmer to seek feedback from interested stakeholders. Respondents will be able to submit the survey form online or download it and send the completed survey to the World Bank Office in Phnom Penh by fax, mail or email. The consultation webpage is live and will be open until February 8, 2019.

Closing the Feedback Loop

A summary note of the consultation meetings will be prepared and presented to the participants before the consultation meetings conclude. Input and feedback received through the F2F meetings and the online platform will be incorporated to the extent possible. The finalized summaries of meetings with the development partners, private sector, and NGOs/CSOs, as well as the participants lists, will be posted on the consultation website. A consolidated matrix of feedback/input (for both F2F meetings and the online platform) will be posted on the consultation webpage, indicating what feedback has been incorporated and, in cases where this is not possible, an explanation for why. The posted summaries will be available in English and Khmer.