Diakonia - People change the world


In Cambodia, Diakonia supports a variety of local and national non-governmental organisations working on human rights, democracy, gender equality, good governance and social and economic justice.


Cambodia faces a number of development challenges, including weak public service delivery which impede inclusive development; ineffective management of land and natural resources, environmental sustainability, and good governance.

Cambodia's development has been accompanied by widespread land grabbing perpetrated against poor farmers and communities, as well as in urban areas. Land is converted to large plantations of sugar, rubber and other industrial products mainly for export. Approximately half of the country's arable land has been appropriated by agro-businesses and mining companies. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evicted from their land in recent years.

How we support our partner organizations

Diakonia is an accompanying partner with a local presence and we engage with our implementing partners through dialogue, funding and capacity building.

Diakonia is working with local civil society organizations and directly with communities, training people to know and defend their rights. This includes work with para-legal support and work to achieve justice for victims of violations such as land grabbing. 

A vital component of democratic governance, beyond the challenge of ensuring free and fair elections, concerns the accountability of elected officials and safeguarding an independent judiciary. Diakonia supports partners working to secure good governance across all levels of government and public institutions in Cambodia. We also support independent media so that people have access to independent information and can exercise freedom of expression.

Our achievements

Through the work of Diakonia and our partner organizations, hundreds of thousands of people have become aware of their human rights. By encouraging people to organise themselves, a successful contribution to the general development of the community has been made. 

As a result of the support from our partner organizations, people affected by land grabbing have successfully defended their rights. Women are often the ones standing at the forefront of those struggles and they have increasingly gained leadership in their communities.



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