The German-European development project for Decentralization and Administrative Reform (EU DAR) regularly organizes learning events on the decentralization reform.
Sascha Reebs (First Secretary at the German Embassy) opened together with H.E. Ngan Chamroeun (Deputy Head of NCDD-S), Francesca Ciccomartino (EU Attaché Good Governance and Human Rights) and other high-ranking officials of MCS the “Learning Exchange on civic engagement and DEIKAs” on 19th of April 2018.
Sascha Reebs: “The subsidiarity principle follows the idea that decision on lower administrative levels fit better to the needs of the citizen. A good understanding of the citizens’ needs therefore becomes obligatory in a decentralized system. The transfer of functions gives new decision competences to the districts. Bylaws issued by the district council, so called DEIKAs, are an important mean, how districts can express their new freedom of decision competences.”
Around 80 representatives and decision-makers from Battambang and Kandal province discussed and gave recommendations to the national policy-makers for a feasible and practical implementation of civic engagement tools and DEIKAs.
Horizontal and vertical experience sharing is rare in Cambodia and thus supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.