Cambodia: Good Governance

Cambodian Human Rights organisations estimate that between 500,000 and 770,000 people have been embroiled in land disputes over the past 20 years, often leading to loss of assets, income sources and displacement. 

As a result, we address the issue of forced displacement, particularly in poor urban communities. We also support work groups in towns and cities fighting against poverty, and encourage citizens to take part in decision-making processes regarding spacial planning. Furthermore, we are working on the improvement of hygiene conditions as well as access to health care. We use innovative technologies; we have developed the iTenure app helping poor urban households threatened by forced displacement.  

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Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II

Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II

The Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II (HRBSPII) Project is led by People in Need Cambodia with local partners Open Institute (OI), Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) and Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD). Funded by the European Union and Czech Development Agency, the three-year long project (2016 to 2018) aims at developing and promoting good practices in spatial planning and urban poor settlements upgrading among local communities and authorities, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project helps with strengthening claims to land tenure through mapping, enumeration and legal analysis of the land status in urban poor communities in Phnom Penh, via, the innovative software tool developed by PIN with OI. iTenure uses geographic, legal and other supporting data for legal analysis of a household’s land title and produces a customized information package, containing a map of the house, a report and legal advice on how to strengthen a land claim.
Within the project the project are also implemented small infrastructure improvements include sealed roads, latrines, drainage and lighting while longer term plans see community members actively engaged in the planning of their communities, working with local and municipal authorities on pre-existing and future Commune Development and Investment Plans, and alternative spatial redevelopment plans facilitated by PIN.

Partners: Open Institute, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, Urban Poor Women Development

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