Cambodia: Country Poverty Analysis

Date: December 2011
Type: Country Planning Documents
ADB administration and governance; Poverty
Series: Country Sector and Thematic Assessments
ISBN: 978-92-9092-538-5 (print), 978-92-9092-539-2 (web)
Price: US$20.00 (paperback)


This publication examines trends in growth, consumption, and inequality to construct a poverty profile for Cambodia. Recognizing that poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon, it also explores (i) nonmonetary poverty and the Millennium Development Goals, (ii) predictive poverty rates generated by the Commune Database, and (iii) perceptions of poverty and well-being. An exploration of the risks, shocks, and vulnerability that cause poverty touches on crisis and emergency, low human development, seasonal unemployment and food insecurity, and health shocks. Finally, the report explores Cambodia’s national policies and strategies for poverty reduction, including the National Social Protection Strategy and the Identification of Poor Households Programme (IDPoor) targeting mechanism.


  • Introduction
  • Demographic Context: Cambodia’s Young, Rural Population
  • Growth, Consumption, and Inequality: A Poverty Profile
  • Nonmonetary Poverty, Millennium Development Goals, and the Commune Database
  • Risks, Shocks, and Vulnerability: Causes of Poverty
  • Perceptions of Poverty and Well-Being
  • National Policies and Strategies for Poverty Reduction
  • ADB and Poverty Reduction in Cambodia
  • References