Advocacy in Cambodia has come a long way since it emerged in the early 1990's. Increasing numbers of Cambodians are aware of the power of advocacy to push policy-makers to make changes of benefit to their lives. As more Cambodians become aware of the power of advocacy, demand has arisen for capacity development initiatives that support community advocacy initiatives on issues such as land disputes, corruption, law enforcement, natural resource management, freedom of expression, labour conditions, and human rights. There is more, however, that needs to be done for Cambodian civil society and community-based organizations to effectively voice and promote its need and demands.
The Advocacy and Policy Institute (API) works towards building capacity for Cambodian advocates with regard to advocacy skills and policy development. API therefore seeks to strengthen the capacity of Cambodian advocates from across all sectors and community levels, to influence policy. The aim of API is to increase the Cambodian advocates’s knowledge and skills in designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating of lobby & advocacy campaigns and initiatives and to be strong in building relationships with members of government in order to policy makers change and address the community issues.
In response to the pressing needs and demands of emerging Cambodian advocates, API has designed eight types of advocacy trainings:
1). Advocacy Expert Training (AET) Course,
2). Advocacy Skills Training or Tailored Advocacy Training,
3). Lobby Skills Training,
4). Grassroots Advocacy Training,
5). Advocacy and Gender Discrimination Training,
6). Advocacy on Access to Information,
7). Advocacy for Good Governance on Natural Resources Management, and
8). Public Policy Analysis Training.
Over the last eight years of operations, from 2003-2010, API has helped institutionalize advocacy skills and strategies into both partner and non-partner organizations by conducting 86 advocacy training courses for 1,078 participants civil society organizations, community-based organizations, Commune Councils, international organizatons, media, trade unions, Government’s institutions and the Cambodian Parliament.
For further information, please contact us at:
Phnom Penh Villa Building, #124, Street 388, Sangkat Toul Svay Prey 1, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Phone: (855-23) 213 486, Fax: (855-23) 213 487