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Zach Center

country manager

Christine de Guzman

program officer

Pact’s wide-ranging work in Cambodia touches many facets of the development spectrum, including good governance and civic engagement, women’s economic empowerment, and natural resource management and protection.

In partnership with local civil society organizations, Pact’s PROCEED project is helping ordinary Cambodians to improve governance at the local level, making it more transparent, inclusive and accountable. We’re training citizens — including historically marginalized groups — to take a bigger role in local decision making, and we’re training commune and district councilors to invite and answer the public’s concerns. A related Pact project, TRANSMIT, recently developed an app that allows citizens to record and track issues they’ve raised with officials.

After PROCEED, many local government councils now hold their meetings closer to where citizens live.After PROCEED, many local councils now hold their meetings closer to where citizens live. 

We’re also using our award-winning WORTH model in Cambodia, helping women in rural areas to save money, access credit and start small businesses.

And we’re working to protect the environment. Our Coming Together for Forests project is helping Cambodians to save one of the country’s most precious resources: its trees. The project is building a national, grassroots-led network of forest communities and helping members to better advocate for themselves as development threatens to destroy forests and push families off land on which they depend.

Cambodia is also part of Pact's Mekong Partnership for the Environment project, which is advancing socially and environmentally responsible development across the Lower Mekong region. 


Stories and Highlights

Armed with knowledge, a ‘citizen leader’ in Cambodia makes a difference

February 13, 2017
Before Pact's PROCEED project, local officials in Cambodia rarely listened to citizens’ concerns, and citizens often were too afraid to voice them. Thanks in part to volunteers like Ngek Lyna, things...

In Cambodia, a mining company & an indigenous village are working together for better development

November 28, 2016
In Peak Village, Pact and a local NGO are helping to build a new, collaborate approach.

With Pact’s support, Cambodian banks commit to developing sustainable financing principles

September 27, 2016
The Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) has taken its first major step toward sustainable lending practices by committing to develop sustainable finance principles and integrate environmental and...

Amid deforestation & land disputes, Pact helps Cambodians save their trees, way of life

September 1, 2016
With the country’s deforestation rate now estimated to be the fifth worst in the world, Pact is helping Cambodia to conserve its trees – for the good of the environment as well as for families who’ve...

Pact's Mekong Partnership for the Environment

June 27, 2016
Pact's Barry Flaming discusses the Mekong Partnership for the Environment project. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the project is using a regional, integrated approach to...

World leaders pledge support for responsible growth in Mekong region

August 17, 2015
At a meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative in Malaysia this month, leaders from six nations agreed that as the region transforms, short-term growth must not come at the expense of long-term...

Mekong government, civil society support strong EIAs

December 5, 2014
Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in...

Helping marginalized groups raise their collective voice in Cambodia

November 7, 2013
A decade ago, the Bungong people, a forest-dependent tribe in eastern Cambodia, lived in relative isolation. Few roads cut through the hilly terrain near the Vietnamese border that they called home....