Cambodia: Rural Energy Project
The project supported rural infrastructure investment in Svay Rieng Province, which is bordered on the north, east, and south by Viet Nam. Only 126 of its 690 villages had electricity in 2010; 14% of its 110,000 households used grid electricity for lighting. Other households relied on high-cost and polluting alternatives, such as batteries (54%) and kerosene (32%). Originally, the project was to be implemented by the World Bank but after suspending its lending to Cambodia in 2011, the governments of Australia and Cambodia requested the ADB to implement the project. The project was funded largely by a grant from Australia.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall rating: Successful.