Cambodia Member Insights Report – June 2017
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a critical role in public life: understanding citizens’ daily challenges, providing services to address those challenges in the short-term, and pursuing long-term policy solutions. In Cambodia, there are hundreds of CSOs, but a wide variability in management capacity, technical capability, and staffing has given rise to domestic and international organizations that exist to help these CSOs carry out their important social role more effectively.
Domestically, the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) functions as a membership association for Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs), and boasts roughly 170 members. Since 1990, CCC has worked to strengthen the professionalism, accountability, governance, and effectiveness of Cambodian civil society organizations, operating across all sectors of development. From the international community, there is a wide range of donors, foundations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support Cambodian CSOs, including USAID’s Development Innovations (DI) project, implemented by DAI Global, LLC, a consulting firm based in Bethesda, MD, USA. DI helps local CSOs, technology companies and social enterprises design and use information and communication technologies (ICTs) that address Cambodia’s development challenges, and carried out Member Insights in May of 2017.