GIZ and Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG – a USAID financed initiative) organized the study tour for 15 Cambodian delegates from Ministry of Health, National Social Security Fund/Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth, and Council for Agricultural and Rural Development.
The delegates learnt from representatives of the main implementers of social protection in Indonesia and from the Indonesian Social Insurance Council (DJSN). The major issues of interest were the interrelations between the different institutions, the supervision and monitoring, beneficiary data management, and the setup of the social insurance council. The lessons learnt that delegates stressed the most concerned the council and the legal framework. Challenges the Indonesian Social Insurance Council had to deal with are going to be avoided in the design of the Cambodian National Social Protection Council (NSPC), especially not vesting the council with enough power and authority, and providing only an administrative secretariat instead of a technical one. With regards to the legal framework, delegates pointed out that legislation has to be concrete in order to be implementable without major delays.
The next steps for the Royal Government of Cambodia are to determine and clearly define roles and functions in the governance system and to define the working structures of the NSPC.