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Zach Center

country manager

Christine de Guzman

senior program officer

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 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. 

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. 


Stories and Highlights

The ghosts of user-centered design

August 30, 2017
Sitting in the Cambodian humidity, in an open-air council hall in Pursat with storm clouds rolling in the distance, I had to wonder if I would have found myself here were it not for the concept of...

Pact’s Integrated Approach to Natural Resource Management

April 19, 2017
Around the world, Pact is taking on environmental challenges in partnership with local communities, building their capacity to responsibly manage their natural resources while improving their lives....

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....