Social development

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Restore civic, political space and release Kem Sokha, UN member states urge Cambodia

Some United Nations member states called on the Cambodian government to restore civic and political space and the right to freedom of expression, with Cambodian officials responding that civilians are allowed to exercise their right to “public opinion with no limitations”. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/restore-civic-political-space-and-release-kem-sokha-un-member-states-urge-cambodia/

“There’s A Lot of Data, but Limited Access”- NGOs Call For Improved Access And Quality Data Sharing

Non-state actors have raised concerns about the limited sharing of public data by the government due to a lack of trust, as well as zero quality or standard of data. ​ ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/theres-a-lot-of-data-but-limited-access-ngos-call-for-improved-access-and-quality-data-sharing/

CSOs continue to press authorities to allow banned STT photo exhibition to resume

Some 62 civil society organizations (CSOs) including Licadho, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and local communities have urged the authorities to allow Sahmakum Teang Tnaut’s (STT) photo exhibition to resume after it was shut down two weeks ago. ...

Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/csos-continue-to-press-authorities-to-allow-banned-stt-photo-exhibition-to-resume/

Ministry of Social Affairs signs agreement with 30 associations and NGOs on 3-Year development project

At least 30 associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have signed an agreement with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation to launch a three-year social assistance project in Cambodia worth more than $18.5 million. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501441308/ministry-of-social-affairs-signs-agreement-with-30-associations-and-ngos-on-3-year-development-project/

King, Queen Mother grant audience to Oknha Association delegation

King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk granted an audience for a group of nearly 200 tycoons led by Ly Yong Phat, president of the Cambodian Oknha Association on Saturday. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501426627/king-queen-mother-grant-audience-to-oknha-association-delegation/

Sar Sokha calls on NCAT to intensify anti-torture efforts

Minister of Interior Sar Sokha has urged the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) to intensify their educational outreach and to expand collaboration with relevant authorities and organisations to bolster the respect for human rights and to tackle torture, cruelty and the degradation of societal ethics. ...

Samban Chandara
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-sokha-calls-ncat-intensify-anti-torture-efforts

Australia finance NGOs, 49 major community projects

Australia has pledged A$7.9 million ($5 million) to support 26 Australian NGOs in collaboration with Cambodian counterparts, aiming to initiate 49 community projects across all provinces. Australian deputy ambassador Andreas Zurbrugg announced the commitment during the “Australia-Cambodia NGO Consultation 2023”, which saw participation from over 70 ...

Ry Sochan
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/australia-finance-ngos-49-major-community-projects

Coalition prepare social protection guidelines

The Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Communities (CCFC) are compiling the book “Fundamentals of Social Protection in the Agro-Food Sector” as a guide for those working in food production. ...

Kim Yutharo
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/coalition-prepare-social-protection-guidelines

‘Lack of acceptance reduces women’s political success’

Women’s groups in civil society have found that a lack of acceptance from political parties and other challenges has reduced women’s success in politics despite greater involvement. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/1340000/lack-of-acceptance-reduces-womens-political-success/

PM recommends reconstruction of Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC) to resume and drop three charges against employees of the institution after the Ministry of Interior temporarily suspended operations earlier this month. ...

Khuon Narim
https://khmer.cambojanews.com/pm-hun-sen-calls-for-reinstatement-of-ccfc/

PM warns NGOS to submit financial reports or face closure

Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned that non-governmental organisations which fail to submit their financial statements, as required by law, would face being shut down. ...

Kim Yutharo
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-warns-ngos-submit-financial-reports-or-face-closure

NGOs and associations need to submit financial statements to Royal Government

All Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and associations need to summit their financial statements to the Royal Government routinely, if not they will be responsible before the law, said Prime Minister Hun Sen Saturday. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501301655/ngos-and-associations-need-to-submit-financial-statements-to-royal-government/

NGOs launch forum on engagement in public financial management

A group of NGOs launched the National Public Forum on ‘Stakeholders Engagement in Public Financial Management Process’ on May 25. ...

Mon Sokeo
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-ngo-forum-on-engagement-public-financial-management

FM to NGOs: Submit financials

Foreign minister Prak Sokhonn urged international NGOs to respect Cambodia’s Law on Accounting and Auditing, noting that less than 50 per cent of them have submitted their required annual financial reports. While presiding over the opening of the third round of consultative meetings with foreign NGOs ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fm-ngos-submit-financials

Fantastic plastic: NGO’s inaugural recycling competition held in Kandal

The Wonders of the Mekong project, an NGO working to ensure a healthy Mekong River, on May 4 organised their first “Plastic Recycling Competition 2023” competition to celebrate Earth Day this year. Groups of high school students from Kandal province took part as contestants in the ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fantastic-plastic-ngos-inaugural-recycling-competition-held-kandal

‘Provocative’ music video taken down by CSOs

A controversial video, which features a “provocative” song and graphic footage of a violent clash between protesting garment workers and authorities nine years back, has been removed from the official websites and social media pages of four civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provocative-music-video-taken-down-csos

Over 6,100 associations and NGOs recorded in Cambodia as of December 2022

As of December 2022, a total of 6,109 associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have deposited relevant documents and registered at the Ministry of Interior. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501218514/over-6100-associations-and-ngos-recorded-in-cambodia-as-of-december-2022/

Over 6,100 associations and NGOs recorded in Cambodia as of December 2022

As of December 2022, a total of 6,109 associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have deposited relevant documents and registered at the Ministry of Interior. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501218514/over-6100-associations-and-ngos-recorded-in-cambodia-as-of-december-2022/

Rights groups file complaint against dutch MFI investor Oikocredit

Three NGOs filed a complaint Monday to a Dutch government watchdog accusing social investor Oikocredit of failing to conduct due diligence by investing in Cambodian microfinance institutions (MFIs) whose lending practices have been linked to rights abuses. ...

Jack Brook and Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/rights-groups-file-complaint-against-dutch-mfi-investor-oikocredit/

Media literacy becoming important, say NGOs and ministries

Media literacy refers to the ability to think objectively about the information a person comes into contact with through general media and, increasingly, social media. It is a common goal of the government and civil society organisations to bring this knowledge to the Cambodian people, ...

Keo Bosaba
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/media-literacy-becoming-important-say-ngos-and-ministries

Ministry refutes impunity claims by journo coalition

The Ministry of Information has disputed a joint statement on impunity for crimes against journalists issued by the Coalition of Cambodian Journalists (CamboJA), Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and 32 other civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-refutes-impunity-claims-journo-coalition

Capital hosts ‘people’s congress’

More than 1,000 people from civil society organisations and community groups have gathered for a three-day “People’s Assembly” in Phnom Penh to express their views and offer agenda items that it would like the Cambodian government to submit to the ASEAN leaders who would attending ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/capital-hosts-peoples-congress

Hundreds gather for two-day Citizens’ Forum

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and hundreds of people from all walks of life met at a two-day “Cambodian citizens’ forum” in the capital to voice their concerns, hoping their issues will be addressed and included in national and regional policies. ...

Long Kimmarita and Eng Reachny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hundreds-gather-two-day-citizens-forum

Youths lobby for tax on extraction

The NGO Youth Resource Development Programme (YRDP) has launched a campaign to promote and lobby for the establishment of an “extractive industries fund”, with more than 100 youths from various universities participating. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/youths-lobby-tax-extraction

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