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Sweden & Cambodia

Development Cooperation

Sweden's development cooperation with Cambodia is since June 2020 regulated by the strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Asia and the Pacific, decided by the Swedish Government.

Within the regional strategy, continued bilateral assistance will be provided to Cambodia with a clear focus on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Resources for this focus area will increase. In addition, Cambodia will continue to be included in some regional activities, and further possibilities of this kind will be considered, for example in the areas of climate, environment and biodiversity.

The current bilateral development cooperation in the area of education, and the area of climate and environment will be phased out until the end of June 2021.

The strategy is implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and in the field the Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh and in Bangkok respectively.

Swedish assistance to Cambodia also include support in the area of scientific research as well as international training programmes for practioners in various fields.

Sweden's aid to Cambodia started in 1979 with humanitarian efforts. In the 1990s, a long-term development cooperation began.

Development and aid

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.