Better access to basic infrastructure like water and electricity is essential if the impressive economic development of Cambodia is to expand beyond the major urban centres. Reliable basic infrastructure is needed for business to grow and and invest in rural areas.
Access to clean water and reliable electricity at affordable prices will improve the quality of village life. Children and adults are likely to be less ill; households will save time fetching water, less fuel will be burnt in cooking, children will be able to study at night and the use of diesel generators will become much rarer.
This is what has happened in other parts of the world, but there is still little data on the impacts in Cambodia. To address this, we will initiate studies of the impacts of the program on businesses and rural communities.
Our initial research indicates that the program could benefit over 500 000 people, maybe even double that number.
More information will be published here at the end of 2017 when we have finalised our baseline and Initial Impact studies.