The NGO Forum on Cambodia

The Indigenous Peoples and Forestry Network celebrated the 19th International Day of the World's Indigenous People on 9 August 2013 and called for changes to improve the livelihoods of Cambodia’s indigenous citizens

International Day of the World's Indigenous People celebrates the importance of indigenous communities and their cultures.

There are 24 groups of indigenous peoples scattered over 15 provinces of Cambodia, contributing to approx. 1.2 % of the total population. They play an important role in managing forest resources, contributing to climate change management, which affects all Cambodians. NGO Forum works with other NGOs and many indigenous communities to help protect their traditional cultures, their land and economic rights, and to eliminate discrimination.

“Indigenous peoples need our support to survive”, said Mr Chhith Sam Ath, Executive Director of NGO Forum.

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NGO Forum and CCC host a National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on "CSO Perspective on Cambodia Development Framework Beyond 2015"

In the context of the Cambodia Millennium Development Goals (CMDG) a ninth goal on mine clearace was added by Government. Today over 150 participations from CSOs, development partners and relevant governmental agencies consulted on "CSO Perspective on Cambodia Development Framework Beyond 2015".  The meeting took place over two days, 22-23 May 2013 at Cambodiana Hotel, with the support of NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGO Forum) in partnership with UNFPA and Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC).

Recently thematic discussions of CSOs were held in Bonn, Germany from 20-22 March 2013 and in Bali, Indonesia on 23-24 March with a stakeholder outreach day on 25 March with a  high level panel on the post 2015 development agenda. The thematic focuses from these consultations for post 2015 were: 1) promoting social inclusion and human development including equality and equity, 2) economic growth and development, 3) ecological development - promoting environmental sustainability, 4) inclusive partnership and governance and 5) human rights to development as center for development. Each thematic highlighted vision, issues and goals which were discussed among key presenters and participants in the meeting.

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Strategic Discussion on Preparation for the Formulation of Mid Term Review of NSDP update 2009-2013 and NGO Position Paper to 4th CDCF in 2011.

NGO representatives from 17 sectors comprised of 34 persons met at La Paranda Hotel on March 22, 2011 from 8:00am to 12:00am to discuss on the preparation for formulation of Mid Term Review of NSDP update 2009-2013 and NGO Position Paper on Cambodia's Development to 4th CDCF in 2011. Sharing experience from MEDiCAM representative on how to make the health sector's inputs/comments into the NSDP update was also part of the meeting. Prior to the strategic discussion, the achievements and challenges of Development Issue Forum members on the joint-advocacy work on i) NGO Position Paper to 3rd CDCF and ii) NGO inputs/comments on the first draft NSDP Update were presented to members with mentioning the ownership of all sector NGOs and Groups over the results.

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National Consultative Workshop on the Draft Law on Environment Impact Assessment

The NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) is hosting a two-day National Consultative Workshop on the Draft Law on Environment Impact Assessment on 29-30 April 2013 at Imperial Garden Hotel, today to seek for more input from NGOs working on environment issue where representative from 55 NGOs working on Environment and from Climate Change Network attended. As it was announced, the 181 pages draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) law would be discussed by the Parliament soon therefore the consultation will help the government to make the law acceptable by all parties.

Speaking during on the opening of the consultation, Mr. Chhith Sam Ath, Executive Director of NGOF, highlighted that the draft law needs to be comprehensively discussed among all stakeholders not only the environmental but also the social impact to make sure the law will benefit all people and he acknowledged that the participation from NGOs would produce very sound and productive comments for the government to take into account.

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Launch of new report by NGO Forum and World Vision Cambodia, Access to Land Title in Cambodia.

Recently, The NGO Forum on Cambodia and World Vision Cambodia have launched an important new report, Access to Land Title in Cambodia where more than hundred people from different local and international NGOs, government , medias and community members participated.  The report reviews the progress of Systematic Land Registration (SLR) in four areas: Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham and Preah Sihanouk provinces, and areas of Phnom Penh. The study provides important insight into how the SLR process is being undertaken.

The study found that, while the process appears to have been conducted appropriately for those who had access to the system in two of the four study areas, in Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk provinces there were widespread exclusions from the SLR process.  There were also significant disputes involving high numbers of households in conflict with small numbers of influential people.

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Budget transparency remains low in Cambodia

On March 07, 2013, a group of different stakeholders met at a workshop at Sunway hotel in Phnom Penh to find out what the global Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2012 has revealed about Cambodia’s situation and progress with regards to budget transparency, accountability and participation.

Hosted by The NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF)—the institution undertaking the OBS 2012—along with Advocacy and Policy Institute (API), Cambodians Resource Revenue Transparency (CRRT), Oxfam and Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia), the launch workshop was participated and attended by over a hundred participants from various government ministries, development partners, civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutions, universities and the media. Speakers and commentators on the survey findings comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), World Bank, Cambodia Economic Association (CEA), NGO Education Partnership (NEP), Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), API and NGOF who shared a common view on the importance of the OBS and its findings for Cambodia, with emphases on different details.

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