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 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.