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Partners Workshop organized by Oxfam’s Mekong Water Governance Program
Participating as a new staff member of the program, I found the workshop interactive and participatory. It was most surprising for me to see how all partners representing communities, women, indigenous people and youths were very open and got on so well with each other. They chatted, joked and...
Way Forward For Extractive Industries in Asia
The Extractive Industry (EI) is a very important economic sector for a lot of developing countries. The revenue generated from this industry could be used to promote development and poverty reduction, but is exacerbated by the industry’s negative impacts, including human rights and environmental...
Oxfam Bits Farewell to La, 25 Years With Oxfam
Today is La’s farewell after his 25 years with Oxfam to help improve the livelihoods of communities he worked with. La Chhuon started his work with Oxfam in 1993 when he was a counterpart working for the Provincial Department of Hydrology on small-scale irrigation project in Takeo province. La is a...
The Journey Of Indigenous People For Demand To Respect Their Rights
Kerlan is a human rights defender. He joint “Lakbayan”, which signifies a long journey for him and some national minorities of the Philippines, especially those from his region, who traveled about 2 weeks long to get and camp at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City in Manila...
A river protector goes against the flow in Cambodia On a recent trip to northern Cambodia, I met a man on a red motorbike, toiling along a muddy road in the rain. He was gathering villagers for a meeting at his home in Pang Ket village. His name is Piev Bern, and he’s a 30-year-old indigenous Prov...
“I am 47 years old now. I’ve spent 46 years living by and growing with the River. Since I relocated here last year… I miss my old village… I miss the River… I used to always row the boat along the river…”
What is a productive workshop?
The silent and awkward moments at the beginning of the workshop this week didn’t last long and within 30 minutes of the start, the room began to fill with laughter and even light-hearted comments such as “when is the shopping time to buy some Cambodian souvenirs?"...
Final consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment
The Cambodian Ministry of Environment (MoE), together with Oxfam and partner, Development Partnership in Action (DPA), organized the final consultation workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment Guideline on Mining, Oil, and Gas on December 15th . The workshop was to solicit final feedback from...
Commonality to Stop Illegal Fishing
“Stop them, they used illegal fishing tools.” These are the voices of community fishery members shouting louder at the illegal fishermen during the crackdown happened in one of the deep pools in the Mekong River of Pon Chea village, Sambo district where it is the habitat and spawning...
Rachel Jolly is the First Secretary for Development Cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Vientiane, Lao PDR and she is also the manager of the DFAT funded Australia Greater Mekong Water Resources program. Rachel has been managing the Water Resources program for three and a half years. She led...

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