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Our Program

After decades of conflict and repressive violence, Cambodia is working to rebuild itself, to establish lasting peace and to rise out of poverty. Our program in Cambodia addresses the control of natural resources, citizen participation and other issues, such as land evictions, that the most vulnerable populations must face.

In order to strengthen social movements, we support the creation of partnerships between groups and the emergence of a concerted network of civil society organizations working in a variety of fields, such as organic farming, human rights and gender equity.

The work of our partners in their communities makes it possible for thousands of Cambodians to take charge of their own lives, improve their social status, assert their rights and have access to better civic and health education.

Partner(s)

Development and Partnership in Action (DPA)

DPA is transforming the lives of those it reaches. Every morning in the village of Prey Veng, Nop Ponleu, 6, prepares to go to an elementary school in a neighbouring village. It is an opportunity that few have had in his village, yet it is now made possible thanks to a nursery school that was built there by DPA. The nursery school provides the children in the village with the level of schooling needed to get into elementary school. Without it, Nop Ponleu would not see his young dream of an education come true. DPA not only built the nursery school, but also provided the school books and training for both teachers and parents. But DPA’s impact does end there.

Ponleu lives with his parents, his two sisters, his grandmother and his aunt in a little house made of wood and tin. They are one of many families who have benefited from DPA’s training workshops in growing organic rice. Little by little, life is improving for this family and for others in the village. Although there is still no electricity there, DPA has helped build pipelines and water storage ponds as a reserve for times of drought. When the village floods, DPA distributes sandbags. With DPA’s help, Prey Veng and other villages like it are becoming better equipped to withstand the impact of climate change and its potentially devastating effects.

NGO Forum on Cambodia

The NGO Forum aims to bring together non-governmental organizations in Cambodia in order to create a united and coherent advocacy platform on development issues. It is a member-based organization that has over 80 members and together they exchange information, debate issues, create advocacy campaigns and participate in government consultations. It main objective is to give rights to the poor and it works to highlight the impact of development processes and economic, social and political changes on Cambodians.

It runs development, land and livelihood, and environmental programs which promote aid effectiveness, minority rights for Indigenous communities, sustainable agriculture, pesticide reduction, housing rights and community rights particularly in relation to hydropower development.

News
June 27, 2016

In June 2016, eight Development and Peace members from Eastern Québec will be travelling to Cambodia with their regional animators for 20 days. They will be visiting the regions of Phnom Phen, Kampot, Siem Reap, Battambang and Ratanakiri.

June 17, 2016

In June 2016, eight Development and Peace members from Eastern Québec will be travelling to Cambodia with their regional animators for 20 days. They will be visiting the regions of Phnom Phen, Kampot, Siem Reap, Battambang and Ratanakiri.

June 9, 2016

In June 2016, eight Development and Peace members from Eastern Québec will be travelling to Cambodia with their regional animators for 20 days. They will be visiting the regions of Phnom Phen, Kampot, Siem Reap, Battambang and Ratanakiri.

January 17, 2014

Cambodia has been marked by repeated violence in recent weeks. The country is facing a serious political crisis, its social climate is deteriorating, and increasing military repression has caused the death of peaceful protesters.

February 13, 2013

Indigenous communities are often the last to have ownership of their ancestral land recognized, despite being the first to live on that land. Cambodia’s indigenous communities understand this reality all too well.

February 13, 2013

The Phnong indigenous community in the Cambodian village of Gati has long lived in insecurity. As an ethnic minority, Phnong community members have few rights, and live in fear of being pushed off their land and losing their traditional way of life.

June 13, 2012

Several groups in Cambodia have mobilized to condemn the use of armed force against citizens who are speaking out in defense of their rights. In the last few weeks, a series of troubling events have led to this mass mobilization, including the arrest and mistreatment of 13 women who participated in a peaceful protest against land evictions.

March 16, 2012

Development and Peace partner NGO Forum in Cambodia is working to defend the land rights of Indigenous communities in the country.

March 6, 2012

I recently had the privilege, along with some of my other colleagues, to pass an hour in the company of the Venerable Sovath, a Cambodian monk who is making himself heard by the authorities in his country.