Department of Geography
Decentralized local institutions and livelihood development of riverine communities in the Lower Mekong Basin, Cambodia
© 2014, Taylor & Francis.The decentralization reforms in the 1990s have transferred accountability/responsibilities for community development to the elected local governments in Cambodia. This paper examines the roles and contributions of local institutions to livelihood development under decentralization and deconcentration (D&D) programme of three riverine communities in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), Cambodia. In this study, we take a close look at public and social services; funding gaps of Commune Councils (CoCs); types of available support; and problems faced by the CoCs. The findings of the study reveal that CoCs are weakly established and become less accountable to local needs. D&D was aid mobilization from external institutions; and the decentralized CoCs could not improve the livelihoods of the communities significantly. The findings suggest that decentralized local institutions call for increased human and financial resources, improved decision-making, and integrative participation of the private sector.
Cambodia, commune councils, decentralization, deconcentration, local institution, Lower Mekong Basin
Source Publication Title
Journal of Asian Public Policy
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Sok, Serey, Xiaojiang Yu, and Othniel Yila. "Decentralized local institutions and livelihood development of riverine communities in the Lower Mekong Basin, Cambodia." Journal of Asian Public Policy 7.3 (2014): 275-290.