Decentralized local institutions and livelihood development of riverine communities in the Lower Mekong Basin, Cambodia

Serey Sok*, Xiaojiang YU, Othniel Yila

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Abstract

The decentralization reforms in the 1990s have transferred accountability/responsibilities for community development to the elected local governments in Cambodia. This paper examines the roles and contributions of local institutions to livelihood development under decentralization and deconcentration (D&D) programme of three riverine communities in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), Cambodia. In this study, we take a close look at public and social services; funding gaps of Commune Councils (CoCs); types of available support; and problems faced by the CoCs. The findings of the study reveal that CoCs are weakly established and become less accountable to local needs. D&D was aid mobilization from external institutions; and the decentralized CoCs could not improve the livelihoods of the communities significantly. The findings suggest that decentralized local institutions call for increased human and financial resources, improved decision-making, and integrative participation of the private sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-290
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cambodia
  • commune councils
  • decentralization
  • deconcentration
  • local institution
  • Lower Mekong Basin

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