Trapped in the service of debt: How the burdens of repayment are fuelling the health poverty trap in rural Cambodia

Dalia Iskander, Fiorella Picchioni, Long Ly Vouch, Laurie Parsons, Vincent Guermond, Sébastien Michiels, Katherine Brickell, Giacomo Zanello, Nithya Natarajan

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This report is part of a larger research project funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) entitled ‘Depleted by Debt? Focusing a gendered lens on climate resilience, credit and nutrition in Cambodia and South India’. This Cambodia-focused report evidences how household debt is manifesting as a public health crisis that is fuelling the health poverty trap in rural Cambodia. A second counterpart Cambodia-focused report shows how microfinance loans are leading to an over-indebtedness emergency that undermines borrowers’ long-term coping and adaptive capacity in a changing climate. Together, the two reports offer new and compelling data on the multiple ways in which people’s aspirations for good health and transformative climate adaptation are trapped by debt
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

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