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Regional Project for Promoting Cooperative Self-help Organizations in Asia

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

MAFF, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Cambodia, Buddhism for Development (BfD), Cooperative Association Cambodia (CAC), provincial departments of agriculture

Period of Implementation

January 2015 - December 2023

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Cambodia


$ 1,298,850
€ 1 237 000


Bilateral Aid: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Agriculture & Fisheries, Banking & Financial Services, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Legal and Regulatory framework, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building


DGRV follows a multi-level approach: The individual cooperative i.e. at the micro-level needs a consistent business orientation, adequate internal organization and well-trained managers and staff. In addition, the cooperative must be part of an integrated subsidiarity-based network at the meso-level in order for it to benefit from services provided by specialized central enterprises and associations, such as for training and auditing. At the macro-level, the government must create an adequate legal and regulatory framework for cooperative activities. The Regional Project for Promoting Cooperative Self-help Organizations in Asia consists of project activities in 7 countries: Cambodia (DGRV country office), Myanmar (DGRV country office), Laos (DGRV country office), Vietnam (DGRV country office), Thailand, Philippines and India (partnering with APMAS). Fields of activity in Cambodia are: - Support of the reform of the cooperatives in agricultural sector - Work with pilot cooperatives - Training schemes on the topics: role of cooperatives in market economies, function of cooperative federations, transformation of cooperative, cooperative audit, relevance of savings and credit cooperatives - Consultancy to agricultural cooperatives, federations, for the set-up of business an investment plans and at local level for the set-up of a system of cooperative credit banks, audit, training - Support of legal and regulatory framework (Cooperative Law and Sub Decrees) The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project Objectives

Strengthening cooperative structures especially in agricultural areas in order to generate growth impulses for the rural population in general and for small businesses and farming enterprises in particular.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Key Tags

Employment, Entrepreneurship