39037-022: Women's Development Centers | Asian Development Bank

Cambodia: Women's Development Centers

Sovereign (Public) Project | 39037-022 Status: Archived

The Asian Development Bank is working with Cambodia to reduce poverty through increased access to services that support women's social and economic empowerment in Cambodia. The project is helping poor women through life skills training and promoting micro- and small entrepreneurship. 

Project Details

Project Officer
Schelzig, Karin Mara Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Cambodia
  • Grant
Project Name Women's Development Centers
Project Number 39037-022
Country Cambodia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9081-CAM: Women's Development Centers
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.80 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

For classification - For classification

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project goal is to reduce poverty through increased access to services that support women's social and economic empowerment in Cambodia. The development objectives are to: (i) facilitate human development for poor women through life skills training and advocacy support, (ii) promote micro- and small entrepreneurship development and support through adequate information, facilitation of access to credit, and enabling links to various organizations and resources, and (iii) build capacity of institutions that promote woman-friendly entrepreneurial environments.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact The project impact is to reduce poverty by increasing access to services that support women's social and economic empowerment.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The outcomes have been largely achieved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The project was physically completed in June 2010. Two centers in Siem Reap and Kampong Chhnang were completed and equipped with furniture and equipment in time for the inauguration on 11 Feb 2010. Five commune producer group buildings in Siem Reap and Kampong Chhnang were completed by May 2010. Training activities under the life skills/advocacy and MSME components were completed, including handicraft product development, food processing, materials for training-of-trainers, and village and community workshops across a range of subjects.

The project account was closed in Q1 2011. The Implementation Completion Memorandum will be issued by April 2011.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Project is designed to seek inputs from and incorporate local knowledge of community groups where the women development centers will be sited. Representatives of villages and women's associations and communities will be consulted to gauge their interests, concerns, suggestions, and commitment to ensure project ownership and involvement.
During Project Implementation The women development centers will be developed as self-autonomous entities which would rely on its own revenue streams to finance operations. During implementation, they will be trained to market WDC products and services; form partnerships with donors and NGOs; and employ a fee-for-service approach.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services About 24 person-months intermittent consulting services from an individual consultant with project experience and two full-time domestic consultants will be engaged to assist PIUs manage the project activities in the respective project sites. Recruitment of consultants will be done by the executing agency.
Procurement Contract packages amounting to $10,000 will be awarded by the project coordination unit. Those above $10,000 will be reviewed and cleared by ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Schelzig, Karin Mara
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Cambodia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Women's Affairs
Ms. Keth Sam Ath
[email protected]
#3, Preah Norodom, Khan Daun Penh Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ministry of Women's Affairs
Borei Keila
Sangkat Veal Vong
Concept Clearance 11 Mar 2005
Fact Finding 25 Apr 2005 to 29 Apr 2005
Approval 21 Dec 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 May 2009
Last PDS Update 22 Mar 2011

Grant 9081-CAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Dec 2005 13 Mar 2006 13 Mar 2006 31 Dec 2009 30 Jun 2010 25 Jan 2011
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 Dec 2005 0.00 1.75 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.80 21 Dec 2005 0.00 1.75 97%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Poverty & Social Impact Assessment in Kampong Chhnang and Siem Reap Provinces Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2010
Poverty & Social Impact Assessment in Kampong Chhnang and Siem Reap Provinces Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2010
Women's Development Centers Grant Assistance Reports Nov 2005

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

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