Improving Social Protection and Health in Cambodia

The Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) is proud to partner with GIZ Cambodia, extending technical expertise to GIZ and the Ministry of Planning Cambodia (MOP) as part of GIZ’s “Improving Social Protection and Health (ISPH)” initiative. A cornerstone of this collaboration is our support for the ‘Identification of Poor Households’ (IDPoor) Programme. The IDPoor database plays a pivotal role, identifying beneficiaries for crucial government initiatives such as the COVID-19 emergency cash transfer, and serving as a valuable tool for policy experts and researchers in poverty analysis.

A SPRI team of experts, with proficiency in proxy means testing and econometrics, is collaborating closely with a steering committee encompassing GIZ, MOP, UNDP, and the World Bank, focusing on refining the IDPoor scoring system.

Key activities under this assignment include:

  1. Review of the Current Regression Model: The team is tasked with meticulously assessing the current IDPoor scoring model, diving into its alignment with Cambodian realities, and examining the underlying data from the Cambodia Socio-economic Survey 2019/2021. This in-depth review will culminate in documentation detailing the assessments, recommendations, and relevant analytical syntax.
  2. Assessment of Partners’ Proposals: Active engagement in evaluating partner suggestions for adjusting the IDPoor scoring. This involves examining the proposed changes, understanding their grassroots implications, and interacting with relevant stakeholders, with the aim to provide direction on enhancing the IDPoor scoring.
  3. Capacity Building: Tailored training sessions for relevant governmental stakeholders, deepening their understanding of the new scoring system and its potential refinements.

Together, these activities are supporting GIZ and MOP in steering the ISPH project towards a more effective and impactful future in Cambodia’s social protection landscape.

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