Programs In Cambodia

Green Equity Asia, one of EWMI's special initiatives, works at the intersection of private equity investment, natural resources conservation and community empowerment in the dynamic growth economies of Asia.

The Cambodian Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS) project, implemented by the East-West Management Institute, Inc., was a USAID project aimed at strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs) and grassroots networks.

Building Foundations of Justice was a two-year, EU-funded projected implemented in partnership by International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), Samreth Law Group (SLG), and the East West Management Institute (EWMI).

The Open Development Initiative (ODI) is an open data and information network developed by EWMI that sheds light on development trends in the Lower Mekong Basin.

EWMI’s five-year Program on Rights and Justice II in Cambodia (PRAJ II) was funded by USAID and focused on human rights advocacy, rule of law promotion, and biodiversity protection to address some of these challenges. The project built on the success of its six-year predecessor, the Program on Rights and Justice in Cambodia (PRAJ), and continued EWMI’s innovative work to promote access to justice, improve the professional standards of the future Cambodian legal community, and strengthen grassroots advocacy and community networks, including community–based advocacy to protect Cambodia’s biodiversity.
Cambodia is home to a wealth of natural resources and diverse ecosystems, yet it has one of the worst deforestation rates in the world.  Rich, powerful developers are rapidly transforming Cambodia’s forests into plantations and mining operations.  This unbridled exploitation of natural res
EWMI designed and implemented a public awareness campaign to increase awareness on land rights and other issues related to land tenure in Cambodia through a contract with the European Commission, as part of its Economic and Social Relaunch of Northwest Provinces (ECOSORN) project.
Through the Safeguarding Cambodian’s Land Rights Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, EWMI worked to help Cambodian citizens secure their rights to land.
EWMI, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), provided assistance to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in Cambodia to support ADB and international efforts to develop the policy and legal framework to ensure that the Royal Government of Cambodia is in compliance with ADB and World Ban
EWMI’s USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice (PRAJ) in Cambodia combined work with Cambodian NGOs and legal institutions to improve access and quality of justice and judicial system transparency in Cambodia.
With support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), EMWI provided extensive assistance to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) from 2001 – 2006 through two phases of a program geared towards improving the security of land tenure in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Ongoing EWMI takes pride in its commitment to its local partners, and established the Partner Legacy Support Program in 2013 as a mechanism to continue to fund its partners around the world. To date, EWMI has accepted donations from individuals, foundations, and donor advised funds for partners in Cambodia, Kosovo and Liberia that promote access to justice for the most vulnerable groups in various political, economic and cultural contexts.

News In Cambodia

In 2016, Mrs. Meas Phon and her family were living below the poverty line. Meas, aged 40, previously had been supporting herself and her six children successfully by selling Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in the Siem Reap province.

Many marginalized groups are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EWMI is closely following developments related to the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID – 19) and monitoring guidelines provided by relevant international, national and local public health authorities.

As Cambodia continues its rapid economic growth, the steady increase in economic land concessions, and particularly mining concessions, has often created tensions between companies that hold these concessions and local communities.

EMWI has launched a new special initiative, Green Equity Asia, that works at the intersection of private equity investment, natural resources conservation and community empowerment in the dynamic growth economies of Asia.

Congratulations to our partner Open Development Cambodia (ODC), which was selected for a UNDP Big Ideas Competition country prize for its proposal entitled 'Using Open Data for Flood Resilience.' This year’s competition awarde

The USAID Cambodian Civil Society Strengthening Project (CCSS) has extended the deadline to submit proposals for Request for Applications (RFA) LDF-2017-001 to 16:30 on March 24, 2017.

The East-West Management Institute, Inc.

The recently launched Open Development Mekong (ODM) website has added an informative map tour of what’s in store for the Mekong River’s mainstream if construction plans for hydroelectric dams continue as currently p

Working in partnership with local organizations is key to EWMI’s successful implementation of programs and ensures sustainable results.

EWMI’s Program on Rights and Justice II (PRAJ II), funded by USAID, came to an end in December 2014 after six years of activity.  Designed to build the foundation of support for reform of the justice sector in Cambodia, the program worked to strengthen the voice of civil society in promoting

East West Management Institute’s Open Development Initiative (ODI) and World Resources Institute (WRI) are teaming up to monitor and fight deforestation, protecting the lives of 70 million people living along the Lower Mekong Basin.

A significant part of EWMI’s work with civil society groups, activists, and public interest lawyers around the world includes work with LGBT communities.  Recently, EWMI’s focus on LGBT issues in Southeast Asia has included several programs in Cambodia and Myanmar, and involved hun

EWMI provided funding to support the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia (PIC), an independent organization whose mission is to support capacity development, research and training, and to develop information networks for members of the Cambodian Parliament.  EWMI’s funding and technical assi

Over 6,000 rural Cambodians attended innovative mobile screening events to learn about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Cambodian LGBT organization CamASEAN organized a multi-day workshop in Phnom Penh to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in collaboration with

More than sixty lawyers, law students, LGBT activists, human rights defenders, and Ministry of Justice officials assembled in Phnom Penh for the first Cambodian LGBT Law Conference.  Conference participants met to discuss ways to ensure the LGBT community has equal rights and protections und

Open Development Cambodia is soon to become an official Cambodian NGO. On July 10, ODC’s governing board was installed and by-laws promulgated in a brief ceremony at the EWMI office, shared by ODC.

As this is the last year of EWMI’s Program on Rights and Justice II in Cambodia (PRAJ II), special efforts are being made to ensure the sustainability of gains made by the Legal Education program, among others.

The dismissal on appeal of the most serious charges against broadcaster and democracy activist Mam Sonando and his subsequent release in March were in no small part the result of efforts made by both human rights and legal aid partners of EWMI’s Program on Rights and Justice in Cambodia.

Working with Cambodia’s Ministries of Justice and Health, in April EWMI co-hosted the first in a series of groundbreaking workshops bringing together provincial officials focused on the investigation and prosecution of counterfeit and substandard drugs, and illegal pharmacies.  Faced with a

For the two farmers at the center of the Porng Toek land case, a guilty verdict could have catastrophic for their large families.

Following three years of measurable impact from EWMI gender-based violence prosecution programs, this year the EWMI’s Program on Rights and Justice (PRAJ) expanded the work to address the growing global problem of drug resistance caused by counterfeit and substandard pharmaceuticals.

In Cambodia, the criminal justice system faces two significant barriers when addressing gender-based violence (GBV) cases.  First, many cases either go unreported, or never make it past the police investigation to the court.  Second, those prosecutions which do commence have a very poor

When the East-West Management Institute’s USAID-Funded Program on Rights and Justice (PRAJ) began its legal education programs in Cambodia six years ago, no law schools had any form of moot court or practical lawyering exercises.

To protect a free and open web, citizens need to understand their gateways to the Internet. If web browsers don’t operate in local languages, then a web user’s relationship with the Internet is troubled at best, and the social commitment necessary to protect a free and open web is weak.

The Open Cambodia 2011 conference was met with strong youth enthusiasm this September in Phnom Penh.

EWMI is proud to announce that its partner and grantee, the Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR), has won an Information Society Innovation Fund 2011 Award under the category of “Rights and Freedoms” for the development of Cambodia’s first online human rights portal – 

Following intensive collaboration between the Ministry of Justice and the EWMI’s USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice 2 (PRAJ) to support the investigation in a child trafficking case, an Australian national was convicted in Siem Reap in July and sentenced to eight years in prison for a sex

Leveraging the role of the justice sector to help tackle global health inequities, this year EWMI has begun new programs in South and Southeast Asia to compliment and strengthen ongoing global initiatives to end some of the world's most intractable diseases.

In June 2010, the U.S. State Department recognized substantial progress in counter-trafficking in persons by the Royal Government of Cambodia, lifting the RGC from the Tier Two Watch List and citing the improved conviction data as a significant factor.

Following the popularity of the last two years' Scales of Justice TV drama, this May the East-West Management Institute (EWMI)-supported Women's Media Center (WMC) – an NGO based in Phnom Penh – has completed shooting a third installment of the entertaining television series de