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Strengthening Partnership Towards Participatory and Accountable Governance of Land and Natural Resources in Cambodia

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Oxfam believes that fair and sustainable management of land and natural resources is essential to Cambodia’s continued development. To make sure the process is transparent and accountable, it is important that all members of society, including the poorest and most disadvantaged, are able to participate in the governance of their own land.

With support and funding from the European Union, Oxfam started the one million euro project in January 2013 targeting 240 villages in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kratie and Steong Treng provinces. The principal objective was to build stronger partnership between sub-national authorities and the communities they serve.

The project supported the establishment of Access to Justice Committees for the Poor (AJCs), as well as the provincial-level Cambodia Land and Environment Action Network (CLEAN). These platforms provide a space for communities and civil society groups to engage with local government and an opportunity to share skills and build capacity through training, seminars and international exchanges.

In close partnership with five local NGOs, Oxfam supported information sharing and policy discussion across a network that empowered local citizens to advocate for sustainable natural resource and land governance.

Here include highlight of the challenges and successful cases of the community we work with.