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Thoeun Sophea shows her Pac Card as she sells some drinks in front of a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, January 05, 2023. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Three Months in, Government’s Cash Aid Scheme Remains Badly Needed

Three months after Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a new cash aid program for the poorest, the need remains acute. The program, which aims to help counteract the impacts of high inflation, has already reached hundreds of thousands of people. But some advocates say they are concerned local authorities could use the cash assistance as a political bargaining tool ahead of the July 2023 National Elections.