When Soknak joined Oxfam, he brought in many years of experience with local and international organizations in the fields of community development, natural resource management and governance. He had worked as a consultant for ADB and as an adviser for German International Development (GIZ) in support of various ministries.
Advocating for Better Governance
“I am truly inspired by Oxfam’s projects. They allow me to promote resource sharing and allocation among people through the principle of justice and to empower citizens to participate in resource protection and management for their own benefit. Those areas require better cooperation among communities, authorities and NGOs to achieve sustainability,” observed Soknak. His main responsibilities include grant management, technical support and capacity-building with partners in the realm of water governance and water policy dialogue engagement. Those responsibilities allow him to debate at the government level when NGOs and government’s policy differ on certain issues and to fine-tune cooperation among NGOs.
Putting forward a strategy for partners to debate and influence policy, Soknak raises awareness and builds the capacity of partners and communities on water governance, while including youth and women in the decision-making. He works with relevant stakeholders to facilitate cooperation in influencing strategies for fisheries and renewable energy in the Mekong Basin. “With Oxfam, I have enjoyed success in these areas, and I feel satisfied with these achievements because of the great benefits given to the people in terms of inclusive water governance and socio-environmental sustainability,” affirmed Soknak.