The Heinrich Böll Foundation – Cambodia Country Office

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (also known as Heinrich Böll Stiftung) is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our namesake, the writer and Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Böll, personified the values we stand for: freedom, civic courage, tolerance, open debate and the appreciation of art and culture as independent spheres of thought and action.

The headquarters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation are located in Berlin, Germany. Our international program is implemented through 28 offices worldwide, six of them in Asia.

Working closely with civil society groups since 1993, the Heinrich Böll Foundation was the first German political foundation to establish cooperation with partners in Cambodia. Building on past achievements, our current program focuses on two key areas for sustainable development of Cambodia: Resource Governance and Gender Democracy.

Gender Democracy


Quotas Matter for Full Equal Political and Economic Participation

March 19, 2013 - Equality for all human beings is a core principal and Leitmotif of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1949 and manifested in many national constitutions. Due to the lack of equal political participation of women quotas were implemented over the last years – by developed and developing countries in order to improve women’s political participation. Empirical evidence shows that it is a powerful and successful tool. By Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung more»


Women's Leadership: A Case Study From Cambodia

- August 16, 2011 -

How do female leaders make a difference in a community? How do they negotiate their gender role with their husbands and other villagers? Do female leaders address gender-based problems like domestic violence in a different way than male leaders? This case study shows that by mobilising women, it is possible to achieve important results in terms of women’s participation in social life and decision making. by Margherita Maffii more»

8 March

“Giving Value to Women”

- March 3, 2011 -

The following is an interview with young Cambodian students aged from 19 to 23. They were asked their views on International Women's Day in an exploration of Cambodians' understanding of the day's meaning.



Violence against women destroys the present and the future

- February 28, 2011 -

Mu Sochua has campaigned widely for gender justice through Cambodia’s remote areas to end violence against women. She is also working to stop human trafficking, child abuse and worker exploitation by joining with local and international sectors. In 2010, she gained People’s Choice Human Rights Award from the Global Exchange 2010 Human Rights Award Gala for promoting Human Rights in Cambodia.



Resource Governance


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"


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»


The Challenges regarding investment in Natural Resources

- The investment in natural resources in Cambodia does not go smoothly since the views of Cambodia government and non-governmental organizations are sometimes different. Furthermore, the lack of infrastructure and high cost electricity are also a concern for investors. Written by CHIM Linna more»


12-12-12: Is a blessing for ALL?

- September 27, 2010 - Around 460 students, youths organisation's activists and the young people joined a youth forum to discuss Cambodia's future manangement of oil and gas revenues.  Written by Michael TICHATSCHKE more»
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
Women's Voices Women's Choices
Women's Voices Women's Choices
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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