By: Heng Pheakdey
Civil society is often defined as the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and the will of citizens. It is recognized globally that these civil society organizations (CSOs) are instrumental in combating poverty and improving livelihoods of poor people.
CSOs’ scope of work is broad and diverse including raising awareness, promoting human rights, protecting the environment and building local capacities. Given their experience working at the grass-root level, the engagement of CSOs in policy making is critical to ensure relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of those policies.
By Phoak Kung
Politics is one of the most controversial terms in the Cambodian context, where it is often linked to manipulation, corruption, violence and worse. Citizens are often warned to stay away from politics if they do not want to put themselves in danger or in an unpleasant situation. As a result, Cambodia has long faced a low level of political participation.
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