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Sar Kheng urges efficient use of new $100K local budget

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has ordered commune officials to use next year’s increased annual budget of more than $100,000 “effectively, transparently and responsibly”, with local-level expenditure set to more than double from $50,000 a year. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-urges-efficient-use-new-100k-local-budget

Ministry to carry out NGO census

The Ministry of Interior will carry out a census of local NGOs and associations from October 10 to November 29 to obtain updated figures of how many such organisations are present in the Kingdom. Some 5,386 NGOs and associations had registered with the Ministry of ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-carry-out-ngo-census

First Civil Society Day event attended by some 300 groups

Cambodia’s first Civil Society Day was held on Tuesday, with at least 300 members of civil society groups in attendance at Phnom Penh’s Hotel Cambodiana for the event. Held under the theme Inclusive Partnership for Democratic and Sustainable Development, the day is intended to enable ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/first-civil-society-day-event-attended-some-300-groups

Ministry to conduct CSO census

The Ministry of Interior and the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) are to conduct a census aimed at ascertaining the exact number of registered civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Kingdom, the ministry’s General Department of Administration director-general Prak Sam Oeun told The Post on ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-conduct-cso-census

​Ministry to meet with NGOs biannually

The Interior Minister plans to meet with top officials from the country’s NGOs twice per year in an effort to address concerns raised by the groups and to gather recommendations for national development.​ ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50544946/ministry-to-meet-with-ngos-biannually-2/

Government holds forum with NGOs

NGO workers have called on the government to seek solutions to challenges and difficulties they have faced in recent years following the enforcement of the law on association and NGOs.​ ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50503791/government-holds-forum-with-ngos/

Ministry says most NGOs ignore tax requirements

Only 200 of some 5,000 domestic NGOs have submitted required banking details to the Interior Ministry, its spokesman said on Monday, as the government steps up enforcement of tax requirements on organizations that may have racked up huge unpaid bills. ...

Hang Sokunthea and Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-says-most-ngos-ignore-tax-requirements-133324/

Under pressure, NGO coalition seeks closer ties with government

An NGO coalition launched a program to collaborate more closely with the government on Wednesday, a week after an Interior Ministry spokesman admitted to threatening several organizations in order to “scare” them ahead of commune elections. CCC executive director Soeung Saran said the problems between ...

Brendan O’byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/under-pressure-ngo-coalition-seeks-closer-ties-with-government-131362/

NGO law ‘obstacle to development goals’

Civil society organizations yesterday expressed concern about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations last month, which they said would be hard to achieve under the new Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO).   ​ ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/16582/ngo-law----obstacle-to-development-goals---/

Group to help NGOs navigate new legislation

An NGO umbrella group will start holding workshops around the country next month to help independent organizations prepare for the implementation of the new NGO law, which has been viewed as an attempt by the government to clamp down on dissent. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/group-to-help-ngos-navigate-new-legislation-92122/

World Bank shows no interest in views on freeze

New documents from the World Bank on its preparations to lift a 2011 freeze on new loans to Cambodia show that the international lender is giving short shrift to public opinion on whether it should restart lending in the first place. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/world-bank-shows-no-interest-in-views-on-freeze-91886/

Rights groups seek consultation with Cambodian parliament on NGO draft law

Rights groups want Cambodia’s parliament to hold a consultation with civil society about a controversial draft law on nongovernmental organizations approved Friday by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which has long demonstrated animosity toward organizations outside of state control. ...

RFA Khmer News Staff
http://bit.ly/1B2pPVJ

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