API's experience

In the last 9-year, API designed and implemented 26 programmes and projects in nine provinces (Kampot, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom and Kratie), in 17 districts, 3 municipalities and 79 communes/ Sangkats.

  1. Promoting Rights, Voices, Choices, & Decisions for Citizens (PRO-Citizens) (2016-2019). The objectives: (i) The capacities of individuals (women, men & youth) and CBOs are improved to participate in decision making processes on commune development processes; (ii) The capacity of local councils is strengthened to work with CBOs and NGOs in responses to public needs; and (iii) Enhanced partnerships between government and civil society in responding to public needs and concerns.
  2. Promoting good governance by increasing access to information and strengthening the independent media (2015-2017) funded by EU and DCA/DANIDA. The objective was contributed to a more equitable, open and democratic Cambodia by increasing access to information, a demand for good governance and an independent media.
  3. Supporting the development of an effective Cambodian Access to Information Law (2014-2017). The objective:  to support the drafting of an effective Cambodian Access to Information law by engaging the sectorial base, assessing the policy gaps, and providing inputs for integration.
  4. Supporting “Implementation Social Accountability Framework (I-SAF)” in Kampot province (2016-2017). The objective: Strengthening local governance and accountability by training and supporting LNGOs and community based organisations (CBOs) to empower citizens to hold local government accountable and responsive and improve public services' social accountability.
  5. Budget information disclosure and citizen engagement project (2016) and objective was to disclose the budget information (expense and income) at sub-national and national and Show the space or how citizen to engage into commune/district and national budget formulation process though budget consultation forums and educational materials development and awareness.
  6. Strengthening Democratic Governance (2014-2016) which aimed to contribute to poverty reduction and better protection and promotion of rights and voices, particularly for young people, women and vulnerable people and groups, by promoting a culture of public information disclosure, strengthening democratic participation and transparency and accountability within the Decentralisation and De-concentration framework in Cambodia, particularly in the targeted Commune and District Councils, and advocating for equitable and sustainable public policy;  OPEN BUDGET and DISCUSSION
  7. Promoting Road traffic law Enforcement through Stakeholder engagement and Support (PRESS) (2016). The objectives included: to promote effective road traffic law enforcement through integrating road safety into local plans, monitoring, implementation, and advocacy; and to build and strengthen partnerships between and amongst civil society, the private sector and government institutions for improved, effective Road Traffic Law (RTL) implementation and resource mobilisation.
  8. Enhancing Access to Public Information through Mobile Technology project (Jul 2015-Feb 2016). The objective was to introduce the mobile technology for enhancing the availability of public information to the public and improve two-way communications in order to ensure transparency, responsiveness and accountability of the local councils within local citizens in target areas. The results of this piloting initiative for promoting “sevakhum” via ICT: (i) setup of IVR and Self-IVR, and (ii) training of 120 local authorities, youths and activists of CBOs including raising community awareness through 4 community forums and outreach activities
  9. “Strengthening of the Female Councilors Capacity to participate in Discussions” project (Nov 2015-March 2016). The objective was to assist GIZ’s EU SPACE project in support to sub-national D&D reform by building the capacity 88 female councillors from DM in five provinces.
  10. Increasing Access to Public Information (IAPI) project (2013-2015) funded by EU (over 1 million EUR) and others. The objective was contributed to poverty reduction and equity among vulnerable groups through improved governance at sub-national level. Specific objective: increased access to information for both the public and sub-national authorities as fundamental to effective participation and accountability in sub-national governance.
  11. Information for Citizens towards Enhancing Local Governance Project (2014-2015) which aimed to improve transparency and accountability of sub-national government.
  12. Strengthening Action for Enhancing Road Safety in Cambodia (SAFER Cambodia), 2013-2015. The objective was strengthened the law against drinking and driving and to improve its implementation; and contributed to saving lives and reduce injuries from drunk driving-related accidents in Cambodia.
  13. Supporting the development of an effective Cambodian Access to Information Law (November 2014 to March 2015). The objective was to identify the policy gaps and input from all sections of the public and consolidation to support the drafting of an effective Cambodian Access to Information law.
  14. Enhancement of Access to Information towards Strengthening Local Governance project (2013-2014) which aimed to increase access to information for both the public and sub-national authorities as fundamental to effective participation and accountability in sub-national governance;
  15. Promoting the Effectiveness of Public expenditure in Local Education (PEOPLE) (2012-2014). The PEOPLE project was part of the larger project “Building Bridges for Better Spending in Southeast Asia”, which aimed to promote public accountability and improve the effectiveness of public expenditure in the education sector, particularly early childhood education in Cambodia, by increasing knowledge and understanding of budget allocation and disbursement and the use of the public budget for early childhood education. Key results: A Public Expenditure Tracking Survey(PETS)studied the flow of public funds from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to public preschools; Citizen Report Cards (CRCs) investigated preschool services and parent/caretaker perceptions (since the actual users were too young); A Social audit addressed the concerns about preschool education and checked the consistency between what institutions say they will do and what they actually do; and Production and publishing a Tool Kit which brought together valuable and relevant experiences, lessons learnt and tips gained from using social accountability initiatives throughout Cambodia including the PEOPLE project;
  16. People’s Access to Public Information (PAPI) (2011- 2013). The objective was improved social accountability and transparency, strengthened administrative and management procedures and to improve local authorities’ response to the needs of local communities by addressing the lack of access to public information in Cambodia.
  17. Enhancing People’s Participation in One Window Service (OWS) (2012). The project aimed to promote access and respond to the demand for better services and governance, to raise citizens’ awareness and participation in municipality government affairs, to provide a platform for citizens to voice their concerns and complaints regarding municipality administration and services, and to support the effectiveness of one window service delivery in responding to the needs of citizens;
  18. Strengthening Cambodian Sub-national Democratic Development, Promoting Access to Information and Supporting Civil Society for Change (2011-2013). The programme was contributed to the successful implementation of the government’s National Strategic Development Plan Update 2009-2013 and the Subnational Democratic Development Plan 2010-2013 by establishing and maintaining mutual trust, building capacity and strengthening communication and cooperation between national and subnational government, the Cambodian Parliament and civil society organisations leading towards increased and sustainable democratic space to address people’s needs and concerns in the target provinces, districts and communes;
  19. Enhancing the democratic space to enable civil society networks to hold the Cambodian Parliament and the Government more accountable, June 2011 to Feb 2012, which aimed to strengthen civil society networks to effectively collaborate with and influence the Cambodian Government and Parliament to be more accountable and to take action on critical issues.
  20. Working with the Cambodian Parliament to Support  Information Disclosure and an Access to Information Law (2010-2011) with aimed Member of Parliament MPs committed to support the passage of an access to information law;
  21. Support to Improved Access to Information in Cambodia (2008-2010).  The objective were: To mobilize and build the capacity of civil society organizations to support and lead Freedom of Information (FOI) advocacy campaign activities; To promote cooperation between civil society and government, and to encourage community input into development of the government's FOI policy and legal framework; To increase the public's awareness of FOI and their understanding of how important it is in the protection of their livelihoods and human rights; and To mainstream access to information within political deconcentration and decentralization of Cambodia;
  22. Commune Information Disclosure Pilot Project (2009-2010) with the objective of promoting access to information and a culture of disclosure information within the decentralisation and deconcentration process;
  23. Strengthening civil society to actively engage with the National Assembly (2008-2010). The objective included: To create a professional civil society lobby group to actively engage with the National Assembly to facilitate policy dialogue and communication with public and civil society organisations, leading to the adoption of Anti-Corruption and Rights of Access to Information Laws;
  24. Legal Review Study on Cambodian Laws (2010).  The objective was to conduct a legal review on Cambodian laws and sub-decrees to analyze their access to information provisions;
  25. The Access Initiative (TAI) Country Report (2010). The objective was to produce an assessment report on environmental issues in Cambodian by focusing on areas of access to information, public participation, access to justice and capacity building; and
  26. Supporting Cambodian Sub-national Democratic Development Promote Access to Information and Support Civil Society for Change (2009-2011).  The main objective of the project was to strengthen transparency and accountability within the Decentralisation & Deconcentration framework in Cambodia by: Promoting access to information by encouraging open dialogue and increasing the disclosure of public information; Increasing support for the access to information campaign by strengthening networks to mobilise, support and build the capacity of civil society organisations, the media, and the private sector; and Coordinating and supporting advocacy campaigns for the passage of an Access to Information Law and the development of a policy framework and action plan for its implementation.