Nine NGOs and CSOs have teamed up in a bid to create a platform to empower young women to participate in decision-making processes.
The initiative will see women engaging in policy dialogue with key decision-makers and service delivery entities at local and national levels.
The project, entitled “Greater Young Women Empowerment in Decision Making and Accountable Public Service Delivery” and financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the European Union also aims to improve public service delivery and gender responsiveness through innovative technology platforms.
The project programmes will span three years between 2020 and 2022.
A signing ceremony, organised by Transparency International Cambodia (TIC) and ActionAid Cambodia (AAC), yesterday marked the sub-grant agreements for the nine implementing partners who will contribute to different parts of the project.
In a joint press release, the NGOs and funders said that the key interventions of the project will be through providing sub-grants to local NGOs, community-based organisations, informal groups and media partners who will help engage with a wide scope of beneficiaries, especially in marginalised populations.
In the ceremony, TIC also signed the partnership agreements to continue their support for the Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union to empower female union leaders to take action to increase the participation of women in trade unions and promote better governance in the garment sector.
TIC also maintained its engagement with the Federation of Associations for SMEs of Cambodia to enhance business integrity among small and medium enterprises.
Hong Reaksmey, country director of AAC, said the partnership will help strengthen CSOs and media’s efforts to build and improve young people’s capacity and participation in the monitoring of public service delivery at the local level.
“As the core of the project interventions, youth will play a key role in working with local authorities and relevant stakeholders to enhance accountably and gender-responsive public services,” he said,
He added that media and CSOs will take a lead in building the capacity of youth and enhancing their participation.
“We will see the significance of CSOs and the media contributions in the delivery of the project,” he added.
Executive director of TIC Pech Pisey said that working with the government, CSOs, media and business associations which bring different expertise and experience is crucial for the success of the work.
Pisey said: “TIC or AAC alone would not be able to make the programmes successful. We firmly believe that we are stronger and achieve more when we cooperate and are well-coordinated”.
TIC is a civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption and AAC is a global justice federation working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication.
On this project, TIC and AAC will cooperate with seven partners, including Cambodian Journalists Alliance, Politikoffee, Building Community Voices, Cambodian Civil Society Partnership, Children and Women Development Center in Cambodia, Youth Council of Cambodia and Thmey thmey.com.