Since the 1990s, democracy and human rights have been an important objective in Swedish development cooperation. The study Supporting State-Building for Democratisation? A Study of 20 years of Swedish Democracy Aid to Cambodia evaluates Sweden’s democracy assistance to Cambodia during the period 1997–2017.
The study looks into what influence Swedish development cooperation with Cambodia has had on democratic developments in the country and what can be learned from two decades of cooperation. The authors Henny Andersen, Karl-Anders Larsson and Joakim Öjendal find that Swedish support has promoted democratic development in Cambodia, particularly at local level.
Development assistance has strengthened Cambodia’s civil society and education system.
Structures for local self-government and education, as well as civil society capacity development, have been crucial in generating impact. A long-term approach in development assistance is another crucial factor, as is mutual respect in the partnership.