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A lending alternative to MFIs

Oxfam said it will expand its savings-led community-lending model in Cambodia as an alternative to traditional credit-based microfinance services, which it says are ineffective in reaching the Kingdom’s poorest. Oxfam’s Saving for Change project, which trains rural communities to form savings groups, now has $5 million ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/lending-alternative-mfis

World Bank may be blind to harm of financial investments: Oxfam

The World Bank’s private sector arm may be doing more harm than good when it invests in private equity firms, banks and other financial intermediaries, global development group Oxfam said in a report on Wednesday. In one project indirectly sponsored by the bank’s International Finance Corporation ...

Anna Yukhananov
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/01/us-worldbank-investments-idUSKBN0MS5IJ20150401

Cambodia launches No Pesticide Day campaign

A campaign for No Pesticide Day was held in eastern Cambodia’s Kratie province on Thursday with an appeal for relevant agencies to take part in the abolishment of the use of extremely dangerous pesticides. ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141211/cambodia-launches-no-pesticide-day-campaign

Pepsi to buy only ‘clean’ sugar

Soft-drinks giant PepsiCo has pledged to take a “zero-tolerance” approach to land grabs by its sugar suppliers. In a statement posted on the company’s website on Tuesday, it said the move came in response to a campaign by Oxfam, which targeted Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. ...

Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pepsi-buy-only-%E2%80%98clean%E2%80%99-sugar

Coca-Cola Company confirms audit of Cambodian suppliers

The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday confirmed that it has sent a team to Cambodia to assess long-running allegations of land grabbing and forced evictions at the sugar cane plantations that help sweeten the global drinks giant’s sodas. The team’s visit follows the company’s pledge in November ...

Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/coca-cola-company-confirms-audit-of-cambodian-suppliers-53328/

Pepsi sugar draws ire

Investors in drinks giant PepsiCo have filed a shareholders resolution urging the company to account for alleged land-rights violations in Cambodia. The 14 shareholders – including Oxfam – are increasing the pressure on PepsiCo following Coca-Cola’s pledge earlier this month of “zero tolerance” towards land grabs. An ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pepsi-sugar-draws-ire

NCDM Lauds Flood Response, NGO Calls for Better Coordination

National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) Vice President Nhim Vanda on Wednesday lauded the flood response work of the Cambodian Red Cross and government, at a workshop to discuss the country’s National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction where several participants focused on the lack ...

Matt Blomberg and Ben Sokhean
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ncdm-lauds-flood-response-ngo-calls-for-better-coordination-46404/

Land-titling process ‘urgent’, Oxfam says

Accelerating the mapping and titling of rural farmland should be an “urgent” priority of the government and civil society, particularly when it comes to protecting indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights, Oxfam representatives said yesterday. The remarks followed the release of an EU-funded survey of rural communities’ ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-titling-process-%E2%80%98urgent%E2%80%99-oxfam-says

Striving to make finance accessible

Access to finance could reduce violence, empower the most vulnerable in society and improve the livelihoods of Cambodia’s poorest people, a conference on community-led funding heard on Wednesday. Sarah Sitts, country manager of the international NGO Pact, introduced the funding model of savings-led micro-finance (SLMF). In ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013032964776/Business/striving-to-make-finance-accessible.html

Oxfam urges freeze of land investments

Global development group Oxfam on Wednesday called on the World Bank to suspend financing for large-scale land acquisitions to ensure that its practices do not encourage foreign land grabs in developing countries. Oxfam urged Jim Yong Kim, the lender’s new president, to announce a six-month moratorium ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/04/worldbank-oxfam-land-idUSL1E8L2LKF20121004

Flood-affected poor ‘drowning in debt’

The curse of Cambodia’s 2011 floods continues for those most affected, as they fall deeper into debt from unsustainable cyclical debt practices, a consortium of international NGOs said yesterday. The consortium of Care, Oxfam, Pact and Catholic Relief Services released the results of their January survey ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012022354689/National-news/flood-affected-poor-drowning-in-debt.html

Government looks at flood recovery ahead

The Agriculture Ministry is preparing to distribute rice seedlings in an effort to replace more than 220,000 hectares of rice paddy that has been destroyed by flooding. However, by the time floodwaters recede, there won’t be enough time left in the rainy season to replant ...

Coordination of flood aid questioned

As floodwaters across the country remain high after almost two weeks of flooding, tens of thousands of families are still waiting in unsanitary comnditions for emergency supplies such as food and water. But while help trickles down to affected communities, aid groups have begun to question ...

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