PRESS RELEASE: Urban Resilience Project Successfully Concludes, Empowering Urban remote communities in Phnom Penh

Published: Mar 22, 2024 Reading time: 3 minutes
PRESS RELEASE: Urban Resilience Project Successfully Concludes, Empowering Urban remote communities in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia – 22 March 2024

After 36 months of dedicated efforts, the Urban Resilience project, funded by the European Union, has concluded its mission of empowering economically affected communities in the remote urban settings in Phnom Penh. The project, covering various sectors including WASH, gender-based violence prevention, livelihoods, and social protection, has positively supported over 20,000 individuals residing in urban poor areas. 

The multi-sectoral approach of the Urban Resilience project aimed at strengthening social protection, fostering economic recovery, and facilitating adaptation to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Targeting 255 communities across 14 districts of Phnom Penh, the project worked closely with local authorities, stakeholders, and community members to address critical issues and provide necessary support.

To officially conclude the project, the European Union in Cambodia and People in Need Cambodia along with its local partners have conducted a wrap-up event to celebrate and reflect on the project activities, its achievements, and lessons learned throughout the three years of its implementation. Key participants attended the event; representatives from the European Commission, UPWD, STT, PIN, Good Return, TVET centers, the National Employment Agency, micro-businesses benefitting from the project, trade union representatives and members, and communities which participated in the project.

“The European Union, along with PIN and partners are proud to have concluded this 3-year project which has contributed a great amount of support towards dissemination of safety protocols towards the fight against COVID-19, the economic recovery of and skills training for local small businesses, raising awareness on the rights and protection against gender-based violence amongst others. These were key achievements and contributions from various sectors towards the fight against COVID-19”, expressed Mr Fabrizio Senesi, Program Manager for Good Governance, Democracy and Human Rights at the European Delegation.

The 3-year project focused on different socioeconomic thematic areas. The key achievements of the Urban Resilience project include:

  • Strengthened advocacy and awareness raising on proper hygiene practices and COVID-19 prevention methods. Comprehensive awareness campaigns on COVID-19 hygiene practices and protocols.
  • Installation of 4 adequate WASH facilities in selected markets to facilitate public hygiene practices.
  • Advocacy for improved practices of Micro-finance institutions (MFIs) and provision of financial literacy training for various stakeholders.
  • Enhanced knowledge of local authorities and stakeholders to address gender-based violence and children protection issues.
  • Provision of psycho-social support to survivors of GBV and domestic violence, along with training and awareness sessions for perpetrators.
  • Support for vulnerable communities in meeting their immediate basic needs and accessing social protection schemes.
  • Vocational and soft skills training with job placement support for laid-off workers affected by the pandemic.
  • Empowerment of small businesses and entrepreneurs through financial literacy and tailored consulting services.

“The success of the Urban Resilience project underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in building resilient communities. By addressing multifaceted challenges and providing targeted support, the project has made significant strides towards improving the lives and livelihoods of urban poor populations in Phnom Penh”, shares Ms. My Hanh Nguyen, Program Manager, People in Need Cambodia.

The Urban Resilience project stands as an example of the power of collective action in driving positive change. As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past 36 months, we will continue to champion resilience, empowerment, and solidarity, ensuring that no community is left behind in the journey towards recovery, and a more inclusive and sustainable future.


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Ms. Johanna Legarta

Communications Manager

People in Need Cambodia


Autor: Johanna Legarta, Communications Manager

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