101 East
Foreign aid in Cambodia
101 East asks if assistance is helping or harming Cambodians.
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2009 08:55 GMT

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Last year, Cambodia received $687 million in foreign aid - almost half the government's annual budget.

With over 600 local and international NGOs based across the country, money has flowed into projects to improve health, education and infrastructure.

But after decades of foreign assistance, over a third of Cambodia's population still live below the poverty line.

And critics claim that the vast amount of money flooding the country has created a dependency culture and encouraged political irresponsibility and corruption.

On this edition of 101 East we ask if international aid is harming Cambodia more than it is helping?

To discuss the issue, host Teymoor Nabili is joined by Arjun Goswami from the Asian Development Bank, Theary Seng from the Center for Social Development, and Dr Chap Sotharith from the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace.

This episode of 101 East aired from Thursday, July 17, 2008.

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