CLEC works collaboratively with non-government organizations, governmental authorities, private sector and other stakeholders to support CLEC’s strategic litigation, legal empowerment, community-based paralegal services and effective civic engagement to promote good governance of land and natural resources (LNR) for “Social Justice and Inclusive Development”.
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CLEC is affiliated and partners with the NGO Forum on Cambodia, Land and Housing Rights Network (LAHRiN), Indigenous People and Forest Network (IPFN), Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN), Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA), Access to Information Working Group (AIWG), Global Legal Empowerment Network (GLEN), Coalition for Partnership in Democratic Development (CPDD), Mekong Legal Network (MLN) and Earth Rights International (ERI), World Resource Institute (WRI), World Justice Project (WJP), and many other community-based organizations and other local people’s networks.
CLEC’s efforts to promote civic engagement in the areas of LNR good governance have mobilized support from all actors; in particular, the LNR affected communities, NGOs/CBOs, activists/HRDs, youths, community-based paralegals, national and sub-national administrations, private sector, and other stakeholders to come altogether to raise, discuss and solve LNR cases/issues and related policies in the form of multilateral dialogue or peace table or mobile mediation in a transparent and accountable manner.
CLEC’s Current Donors:
European Union (EU) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF):
Financial support to a project, Advancing CSOs’ Capacity to Enhance Sustainable Solutions (ACCESS), with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as lead applicant partnering with My Village, CLEC, and Oxfam, to ensure that marginalized forest communities (18 community protected areas [CPAs] in Mondulkiri) affected by land conflicts and the depletion of the natural resources which they depend upon are able to take action and to raise their voice to recover their rights and legally enforce the protection of their forest, and hold the Government and private companies accountable for their actions. It is 5 years 2018-2022 with a total CLEC budget of EURO318,632 (Around EURO63,819 per year). Contact person is Mr. Phalla Mey, email@example.com
East-West Management Institute (EWMI):
Financial support to “Community Activism to Engage with Concerned Actors for Good Governance on Land and Natural Resources in Cambodia” to strengthen community activism to engage with government and private sector for good governance of land and natural resources (LNR) to mitigate denial of community’s customary access to LNR when public and private developments are made without prior proper consultation, resolution and compensation to affected communities. It covers all LNR communities in all parts of Cambodia. It has been renewed consecutively from 2020 until 2024 with possible renewal with a total budget of $198,476. The contact person is Mr. Rajan Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org
East-West Management Institute (EWMI):
Financial support to Internet Monitoring Action Project (iMAP) for three years from November 2021 till October 2024, to improve Internet freedoms for civil society through a better understanding of rights enshrined within the law and using legal advocacy to improve Internet freedoms in Cambodia. CLEC will work on strategic litigation (legal aid), legal empowerment, and community-based paralegal services to support human rights and build legal empowerment for vulnerable communities. CLEC will develop an Internet Rights Guidebook for Cambodian civil society actors, a Legal Advocacy Manual on Internet Freedoms for Cambodian lawyers, and pursue legal advocacy to test Cambodian law and policy on internet freedoms. The total budget is $75,134. The contact person is Mr. Rajan Shah, email@example.com
Bread for the World (BftW-from Germany):
Financial support to a project, Community Legal Empowerment and Protection Program for Cambodia Land and Natural Resources, to promote effective engagement of civil society actors, State actors, and private actors to improve LNR governance and sustainable livelihoods through legal aid, legal education and civic engagement for LNR community, LNR activists and HRDs, youth and community-based paralegals with no restriction to any area. It is just one year in 2019 but had started since 2006. For 2019, the total budget of BftW is EURO 200,000. Contact person is Ms Steffi Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICCO (from the Netherlands):
Financial support to a project, Strengthening NGO-Community Alliance for Effective Lobbying and Advocacy Toward Land Security and Sustainable Livelihoods, to strengthen NGO-Community Alliance with basic legal knowledge and skills on lobby and advocacy to engage with government and private sector in providing remedies for local communities affected by small and large-scale development projects through legal empowerment and multilateral dialogs/ peace tables. It is 2 years from 2019-2020 with a total budget of EURO64,604. Contact person is Mr. Jelmer Klinkenberg, email@example.com.
UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
Financial support to a project, Legal Support in Land–Related and Human Rights Cases, to mainly provide legal aid services and other relevant support to community members and representatives, social activists and human rights defenders who actively involve in exercising their fundamental freedoms and advocating for land–related rights and, consequently, are under threats of criminal prosecution, arbitrary arrests, and detention without due process. It covered all LNR communities in all parts of Cambodia. It is 2 years and a half from July 2017 to 31 December 2019 with a total budget of USD 60,008.07. The contact person is Ms Mariam Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEKS-EPER (Swiss Organization):
Financial support to a project, Cashew Value Chain and Access to Land, to address challenges barring the land tenure security and access to land within the target areas in 23 villages in 7 communes of 3 districts in Mondulkiri through empowering indigenous communities and other vulnerable groups to claim their rights and settle disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and enhancing duty bearers to be more accountable for customary tenure rights through communal land titling (CLT) process, and other engagement platforms such as the CLEC’s peace table (a mediation and conciliation process to settle outstanding land and natural resource (LNR) cases/issues participated by competent authorities, private sector, affected LNR community, and related NGOs), local/provincial, regional and national dialogues/conferences for the competent authorities to hear and respond to communities’ concerns around LNR issues. It is from May 2019 to September 2025 with a total budget of US$289,303. The contact person is Mr. Sivouthan Norng, email@example.com.
University of Cambridge, UK:
Financial and technical support to a research project on land acquisition and compensation in Cambodia, India, and Indonesia for policy change in land dispute resolution. It is one year in 2019 with a budget of US$5,705.70. Contact person is Mr. Shashi Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial and technical support to develop a case study on a lengthy dispute on a sugar plantation case in Srae Ambel of Koh Kong province affected hundreds of villagers by the grant of economic land concessions to 2 companies to plant and produce sugar for exportation. It is from May-Dec 2019 with a budget of US$9,704.25. The contact person is Miss Asisah Man, Asisah.Man@oxfam.org.