Monday, 15 August 2011

Peace-building in Cambodia: Democracy, Economic Development, and ODA

Cambodia's King Father Norodom Sihanouk

Peace-building has achieved significant progress in Cambodia through democracy, economic development, and international assistances. Recent development is quite optimistic toward a stable peace and it is Cambodia’s self-help effort to do this through long-term economic development and human resource development.

With peace-building, three important issues need to be properly addressed: democracy and rule of law, economic development, and the importance role of donor countries'  Official Development Assistances (ODA) and human resource development. First, democracy and rule of law in Cambodia need to be promoted in order to unite Cambodian society, to restrict the power of the executive, and to uphold the role of the opposition party, and to build a strong civil society. Second, in order to sustain democracy, we need to have economic development and a pro-poor growth which aim to reduce poverty in Cambodia. When people are better-off and educated, the more they favor and support democracy, and reject violence as a form of dispute solution. Third, international development assistances play important role for economic development in Cambodia. Particularly, Japan is the largest donors for Cambodia and most of Japan’s ODA has been strongly directed to economic infrastructure development. 

However, in order to promote Cambodia’s self-help development effort and a sustainable economic development, Donor Countries, particularly Japan and other advanced countries, should provide more development grant aids in the form of human resource development for Cambodian students to study in their countries.

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