Resource Governance

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The Cambodia Program of the Heinrich Böll Foundation aims at empowering local civil society actors to contribute effectively to debates on policy priorities in the governance of natural resources. Strategic partnerships are sought to initiate research and capacity building projects to inform and foster stakeholder dialogue at the local, national and regional levels.

Particular attention is given to the situation of Cambodia’s indigenous communities whose social and cultural survival depends on their access to traditional lands and natural resources. The Heinrich Böll Foundation works in partnership with local non-governmental and academic organizations, indigenous associations and regional networks to empower female and male indigenous leaders and their communities to defend their livelihood rights and pursue self-determined development.

Indigenous Livelihood Rights


Cambodia’s Indigenous Peoples go public on IP Day

September 9, 2010 - More than 300 indigenous peoples celebrated this year’s IP Day with a march, speeches, an exhibition of arts and crafts and a large cultural show in Siem Reap – Angkor Town. “We reached more people and our voices have been heard nationally and internationally” claims Pheap Sochea, President of the Cambodian Indigenous Youth Association. Written by CHIM Linna & Michael TICHATSCHKE more»


Indigenous Youths Empowerment

- June 22, 2010 - For more than three years, The Heinrich Böll Foundation has been supporting the development of the Cambodian Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA). Both organisations are sharing an office since CIYA was registered as an independent organisation in September 2008. CIYA is the first association of indigenous youth on the national level. CIYA works to achieve its vision of strong and prosperous indigenous people that are able to protect indigenous cultures and tradition, as well as their lands and natural resources. more»

Environment & Resource Management


Moving Beyond Misconceptions: A Critical Review of Korean Investment in Cambodia 2012

December 19, 2012 - Korea was widely portrayed in recent years as one of the top investors in Cambodia, with its investment reaching record levels in 2007 and 2008. Its influence also became noticeably visible, from the ubiquitous broadcasting of Korean productions by Cambodian TV and radio channels to the increasing number of Korean-led ambitious real estate projects in Phnom Penh. Ji-SooK Lee more»


Dialogue on Resource Governance with Dr. Ramos-Horta

- June 21, 2010 - “More wealth can result in more corruption” cautioned Dr. Ramos Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of Timor-Leste participants at a Dialogue on Transforming Natural Resource Wealth into a Source for Sustainable Growth and Democratic Development organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency. more»

Regional Perspectives

Resource Governance in Extractive Sector


International Dialogue Project: Resource Equity in a Finite World

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to bring about global equity without further overstepping the planet’s ecological limits or overusing the earth’s finite resources. Twenty years after the Rio Earth Summit and forty years after the publication of Meadows’ "Limits to Growth" the Heinrich Böll Stiftung wants to build on its successful project work on resource and agricultural policy at headquarter and country office level, and launch an international dialogue process on Resource Politics. Ramy CHAN from Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP) has been selected as a delegate from Cambodia to contribute to the dialogue. Her essay looks at the lack of transparency in the extractive industry sector in Cambodia (click here for the full essay). More information about this project and contribution from other countries click "here"
Asia Perspective Dossier: Stolen land, stolen elections?
News and Events

1. SurVivArt project exhibition in Berlin, Germany, 6 - 24 February, 2012 Exhibition flyer (Available in English and German language)

2. Impression from the launch of the women' s leadership study on 16 August 2011

UNRISD Research and Policy Brief No. 11 "Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

SurvivArt Woman Voices Religion project
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The radio program "Women's Voices, Women's Choices" will be broadcasted in Khmer Language every two weeks on Sunday from 11am to 12am on FM 93.5. It addresses various topics such as education, living standard, small business, women’s rights, environment, security and others from the viewpoint of women in Cambodia.


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