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Pact’s approach to integrated programming in Cambodia touches many facets of the development spectrum, including good governance and social accountability, youth engagement, women’s empowerment and social inclusion, and natural resource management and protection.
In partnership with local civil society organizations, Pact’s PROCEED project is helping Cambodians of diverse backgrounds to improve governance at the local level, making processes and delivery of services more transparent, inclusive and accountable. We’re supporting citizens — including historically marginalized groups — to take a bigger role in local decision making, and we’re supporting local government officials at multiple levels 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 councils now hold their meetings closer to where citizens live.
And we’re working to protect the environment. Our Coming Together for Forests project is working with Cambodians, from civil society and from the government, to save one of the country’s most precious resources: its trees. The project is working with citizen leaders, grassroots networks, and government officials to strengthen management, planning and joint actions at the community level that can help to protect forest resources.
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.