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Demand for Good Governance Project Announces 21 Finalists in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, December 22, 2010 — Competitive grants awarded to strengthen citizen participation

The Asia Foundation today announced the selection of 21 finalists under the inaugural medium and large grants competition of the Demand for Good Governance (DFGG) project, a four-year project funded by the World Bank and coordinated by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior.  The Foundation administers the non-state actor component of the project, under which these grants are awarded.  The selected finalists will implement innovative governance projects designed to strengthen citizen participation in the public sphere and partnerships between state and non-state actors at national, provincial, and local levels.  The value of the 21 grant awards will reach $1.8 million.

Cambodia has made remarkable progress over the past 30 years. Building on the government’s long-term growth and development strategy, the non-state actor component of DFGG supports Cambodian organizations to engage in governance reform and develop innovative social accountability approaches.

His Excellency Ngy Chanphal, Secretary of State and DFGG Project Coordinator, Ministry of Interior, said, “These grants provided by the DFGG project will complement and support the work of state institutions, as well as support non-state actor initiatives that complement the priority reform areas of the Royal Government of Cambodia.”

After a highly competitive selection process, with more than 120 applicants, the selection of the 21 organizations presents an important milestone for DFGG’s non-state actor component.  The finalists were selected from the pool of short-listed organizations that displayed projects at the Forum for Development Ideas (DI Forum) held in Phnom Penh in September 2010.  Attended by over 500 people, the DI Forum highlighted success stories in the grant-making process and encouraged networking among civil society, government, and development partners.

The projects of the 21 finalists have extensive geographic coverage and will be implemented in 19 provinces of Cambodia.  Fifty-two percent of the finalists, or 11 grantees, are implementing projects designed to improve the effectiveness of public service delivery at the local level.  Many grantees are implementing tools, such as the community report card, or a user survey that allows communities to identify gaps in service delivery.

Gavin Tritt, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Cambodia said, “These projects are very timely given the ongoing decentralization reforms and have the potential to influence the design of citizen and state feedback mechanisms at sub-national levels.”

The following organizations have been selected as the medium and large grants finalists:
Cambodia Health Education Media Service (CHEMS)
Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
Cambodian Women’s Network for Development (Amara)
Culture and Environment Preservation Association (CEPA)
Democracy Resource Center for National Development (DND)
Farmer Livelihood Development (FLD)
Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)
Human Rights Vigilance of Cambodia (HRVC)
Integrating Human to Quality (IHQ)
Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID)
Minority Organization for Development of Economy (MODE)
National Association for Prosperity (NAPA)
Pact Cambodia
People Center for Development and Peace (PDP)
Phnom Srey Association for Development (PSAD)
Ponleur Kumar (PK)
Rain Water Cambodia (RWC)
Rural Community and Environment Development Organisation (RCEDO)
Wathnakpheap (WP)
Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC)
Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP)

Participating state institutions:
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of National Assembly and Senate Relations and Inspections
Radio National Kampuchea
The Arbitration Council Foundation
One Window Service Office and the National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development

For more information on the non-state actor component, please visit http://www.dfgg-nsac.org or call (023) 210-413. Read more information on DFGG from the project’s official website.

Read more about the Foundation’s programs in Cambodia. For media inquiries, please visit the Press Room.

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