Oxfam and NSPC launches the National Social Protection Broadcasting Mechanism (NSPBM)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The National Social Protection Broadcasting Mechanism is designed to provide information on social protection to the entire cross-section of the population of Cambodia, both urban and rural citizens from all socio-economic backgrounds including those in the Tonle Sap Biosphere and the indigenous mountain tribe citizens. Photo: Oxfam

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Phnom Penh, 31 August 2021—Oxfam in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the National Social Protection Council (GS-NSPC), is developing a mechanism to broadcast information on social protection nationwide, which will also be capable of serving as an emergency broadcasting mechanism in the case of future pandemics, floods and other national emergency events.

This national mechanism involves a collaboration between the 11 Ministries within the National Social Protection Council, nine Civil Society Organizations representing over 700 CSOs and/or community-based organizations, and private sector media outlets, including television stations, social media, and forms of broadcasting.

"The initiative relies on a coordinated approach between CSOs and Ministries to make sure that citizens receive harmonized information on social protection," said Ms. Solinn Lim, Cambodia Country Director, Oxfam. "This mechanism will be complimented by a citizen-led Social Protection for All or SP4ALL platform aiming at facilitating the ´demand side´ to inform policy and decision making and greater social accountability. Each CSO stakeholder ranging from Community-Based Organisations operating in remote areas, established trade unions, networks of local and International NGOs, to emerging youth groups across the country, plays an essential role in the development and implementation of the broadcasting mechanism," she added

There is an urgent necessity for a social protection national broadcasting mechanism, which can clearly broadcast to Cambodian citizens the benefits available to them within both social assistance and social security schemes and programs. Previously, communication efforts have been dependent upon institutions working independently, rather than collaboratively, resulting in fragmented and uncoordinated communication efforts.

This has left vital segments of Cambodian society who live on the fringes, such as those in the Tonle Sap Biosphere and the indigenous mountain tribe citizens, unable to receive critical information on social protection schemes or potentially life-saving emergency information in a clear and timely manner.

H.E. Dr. Chan Narith, Under-secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Secretary General of the National Social Protection Council sayid: " It is essential that we raise the public’s awareness on social protection and develop a social protection culture so that we can expand the social protection system in Cambodia. We have a responsibility to educate the public towards the benefits that social assistance and social security will bring to citizens and the country alike. Individuals who are well informed about the benefits of social protection will be more proactive in accessing them."

This NSPBM initiative is being funded by a grant to Oxfam in Cambodia from GIZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The EU Delegation in Cambodia’s support for the establishment of CSO Social Protection ´demand side’ has created CSO’s readiness and solid foundation for this project.

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About Oxfam
Oxfam has been supporting Cambodia’s development since 1979, making it the first INGO operating inside Cambodia during the controversial post-Khmer Rouge genocide period. Oxfam in Cambodia works in a wide range of programs advocating for women Economic Empowerment, Livelihoods for vulnerable groups, Natural Resource Governance, Climate Change Resilience and Sustainable Energy, Financial Inclusion, Social Protection and Decent works, Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Relief, Civic Engagement and Financing for Development. https://cambodia.oxfam.org/who-we-are

About the National Social Protection Council (NSPC)
The NSPC is the inter-ministerial coordination and decision-making platform that sets the overall policy agenda and drives the reform of Cambodia's social protection system. With a reform initiative designed to protect citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones, the National Social Protection Policy Framework has two main pillars: Social Assistance and Social Security. https://nspc.gov.kh/

Contact information: 

GS-NSCP: Ms. Kanhary Heang | kanharyh@gmail.com | +855 17 77 2009
Oxfam: Ms. Naratevy Kek | Naratevy.Kek@oxfam.org | +855 12 84 74 12