How did the IPPMD project operate in Cambodia?

In Cambodia, the IPPMD project team worked with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) as the government focal point. The MOI provided information about country priorities, data and policies and assisted in the organisation of country workshops and bilateral meetings. The IPPMD team also worked with the

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) to ensure the smooth running of the project. CDRI helped organise country-level events, contributed to the design of the research strategy in Cambodia, conducted the fieldwork and codrafted the country report.

The IPPMD project team organised several local workshops and meetings with support from the Delegation of the European union to Cambodia. The various stakeholders who participated in these workshops and meetings, and who were interviewed during the missions to Cambodia, also played a role in strengthening the network of the project partners and setting the research priorities in the country.

A kick-off workshop, held in November 2013 in Phnom Penh, launched the project in Cambodia (Figure 1.4). The workshop served as a platform to discuss the focus of the project in the country with national and local policy makers, and representatives of international organisations, employer and employee organisations, civil society organisations and academics. Participants agreed that the project should focus on emigration, not immigration, in Cambodia. Following lively and wide-ranging discussions, the IPPMD project team decided to focus the analysis on four sectors: 1) the labour market; 2) agriculture; 3) education; and 4) investment and financial services.

Figure 1.4. IPPMD project timeline in Cambodia

Following a training workshop and pilot tests conducted by the IPPMD project team, the CDRI collected quantitative data from 2 000 households and 100 communities and conducted 28 qualitative stakeholder interviews (Chapter 3). A consultation meeting to present the preliminary findings to relevant stakeholders, including policy makers, academic researchers and civil society organisations, was organised in June 2015. The meeting discussed the various views and interpretations of the preliminary results to feed into further analysis at the country level. The project will conclude with a policy dialogue to share the policy recommendations from the findings and discuss with relevant stakeholders concrete actions to make the most of migration in Cambodia.

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