Impact Assessment

Cambodia MSME Project: Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report, 2008

    For a full description of the Cambodia MSME project, please read first the Final Report, accessible via the link at the bottom of this page.

    The USAID-funded Cambodia Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Strengthening Project implemented by Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) concluded its implementation after three years of operations in September 2008. The vision of the project has been to improve entrepreneurship and competitiveness for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in selected value chains and target provinces by enabling improvements to the business environment in a context where many of these targeted MSME were operating in a difficult environment. Value chain linkages were under-developed, business margins were thin, and business risks were high, constraining local economic development and efforts in rural poverty alleviation.

    The Project has assisted rural MSME entrepreneurs to improve opportunities and incomes by working in direct partnership with stakeholders in value chains to promote new ways of thinking and acting among local business people. The emphasis has been on increased trust and cooperation, networking, sharing information and pooling resources in ways that can benefit all MSME in the value chain. DAI has facilitated training of MSME by working directly with Input Suppliers and Veterinarians, who then train enterprises within their sectors. Practical tools have been utilized to improve products, services, business relationships and access to affordable credit.

    The results of the DAI MSME Strengthening Project have been described in this Final Evaluation (which can be downloaded in full on the right hand side). The project has had major impacts on improving the productivity and business performance of these enterprises, with wider beneficial impacts at the value chain level. The project's client enterprises and their value chains will be undoubtedly strengthened in many ways based on improved value chain synergies and improved enterprise productivity when the project ceases assistance in these provinces.

    In a short three year period, not all targets could be achieved and not all potential benefits of project assistance could be fully exploited. The results shown here could be built on to further add value to these enterprises and value chains in the future. Several issues would benefit from further project support. There is room for further improvements in technical business productivity improvements and for further training in business skills and advocacy among enterprises.

    There could be further efforts to boost the proportion of women's enterprises involved in the project in some areas. Consideration could be given to how to further increase employment opportunities as a means of productivity growth as well as employment growth. A final area for future project support could be in the area of facilitating the spread of training and capacity building to Non-Project Producers to capitalize on a process that is already under way to some extent.

    These are some of the potentials for the future. Meanwhile, the DAI MSME Strengthening Project has achieved much within the three years of its operations and will leave producer enterprises and their value chains in much better condition to do business more efficiently and profitably in the developing Cambodia's rural economy.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    »Cambodia MSME Project - Case Studies on Market Development Approach
    Impact Assessment
    »Final Performance Evaluation of Cambodia MSME II/BEE Project, USAID, 2012
    Final Documentation
    »Cambodia MSME Project - Final Report, 2008