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But perhaps Cambodia's greatest loss was the depletion of its human capital by mass genocide and large-scale exodus of the most educated citizens during the years of Khmer Rouge rule from 1975 to 1979 when institutions were dismantled, the legal system destroyed and money abolished. With this legacy of suffering and devastation Cambodia is now one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita income of only US$ 260. Achieving rapid poverty reduction is therefore a central goal of Cambodia's First Socioeconomic Development Plan, 1996-2000.

If the investments which have been made in creating new skills in survey design, field procedures, data processing methods, policy analysis and program design are not maintained continuously then future surveys will become much more difficult to implement. Agenda for Institutional Strengthening The importance of consolidating and sustaining these nascent efforts to strengthen the information base for policymaking on poverty is increasingly recognized in neighbouring countries. For example, in the early Page xiii 1990s Indonesia initiated a major collaborative effort between the planning and statistics agencies to redesign its national household survey system (SUSENAS) to provide better data to guide the country's poverty alleviation programs.

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