Poverty policy and regulation

Poverty reduction

Low-income people around country register for new round of state welfare

A large number of low-income people queued up to apply for state welfare as the second round of registrations opened nationwide on April 3. Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said at least 10 million people were expected to register in this round, which ends on May ...

15 million expected to register as low-income earners for benefits

While the government has predicted bright economic prospects this year, as many as 15 million people are expected to register as low-income earners to obtain assistance in the second round of registration that opens today – almost double the number of people enrolled late last year. ...

Malnutrition remains a challenge for Laos

Health officials need accurate reports on community health, including figures relating to nutrition, if the problem of malnutrition is to be adequately addressed, the health minister has said. For several years, health officials working to tackle nutrition in some provinces have been reporting successes that ...

Japan gives $140 million to Cambodia

The Japanese government agreed on March 30 to provide Cambodia with about $140 million in grant aid and concessional loans for infrastructure, healthcare, water supply and flood protection. The deal, signed by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Horinouchi Hidehisa, was witnessed by Prime ...

Cambodia improves human development index

Cambodia’s improvements on human development are the biggest in the region, but standards of living still lag behind neighboring nations, United Nations Development Program figures have shown. The UNDP’s Human Development Index in 2015, which was published on March 21, showed Cambodians’ health, education and ...

Despite gains, development lags

Between the years of 1990 and 2015, Cambodia saw the region’s highest rate of improvement in the UN’s Human Development Index, a metric that tracks wellbeing, though the country’s overall score remains well below the average for countries in East Asia and the Pacific, a ...

UNICEF extends support for improved nutrition

The United Nations Children’s Fund to Laos has forecast a budget of over US$7 million in assistance to Laos from 2017 to 2018 to improve nutritional health. The support comes under the new Health and Nutrition Programme for 2017 to 2021 and aims to improve ...

Floating villages to be grounded

A government minister has sounded the death knell for Tonle Sap picturesque floating villages after outlining a long-term plan to rehome all those living on the lake. Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon on March 9 told Khmer Times he wants to relocate thousands of families living on ...

World Bank aid for poor

The World Bank has approved provision of $20 million to help poor and vulnerable families in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh increase their income, build skills and construct small-scale community infrastructure. The bank’s board of executive directors approved the funding for the Livelihood Enhancement and Association ...

Ministries discuss major work roles and responsibilities

Representatives from three relevant ministries met on February 23 in Vientiane to discuss roles and duties in preventing and addressing the impacts of disasters and emergency incidents, addressing poverty, price adjustment of goods and other issues. The meeting was hosted by Ministry of Finance, with participation ...

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