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NGO Forum on Cambodia

NGO Forum on Cambodia works to improve life for poor and vulnerable people in Cambodia. It is a membership organisation that builds NGO cooperation and capacity, supporting NGO networks and other civil society organizations to engage in policy dialogue, debate and advocacy.

The goal of NGO Forum is that the rights of the poor and vulnerable are recognized and supported by the policies and practices of Cambodia’s government and development partners, and the wider community.


Four key programmes support NGO Forum’s mission:

  • Core Programme
  • Development Issues Programme
  • Environment Programme
  • Land and Livelihoods Programme.

The Core Programme

This brings together member NGOs and covers the NGO Forums’ core representational role. It provides governance, management and administrative support for the all NGO Forum work and encourages coordination and cross-Programme linkages.

Development Issues Programme

This Programme has four key projects:

  • The Development Policy project coordinates NGOs and some CSOs to engage in aid coordination mechanisms and dialogue on policy reforms between the government and development partners. Read more here.
  • The Economic Development Policy project promotes dialogue and advocates for pro-poor fiscal policies in economic development. It advocates for transparency and accountability in the management of revenue from extractive industries to ensure benefits for all Cambodians. Read more here.
  • The National Budget project advocates for transparency and greater disclosure of budget information. It encourages budget credibility (expenditure goes where it was planned to go) and lobbies for budget alignment with poverty reduction goals. Read more here.
  • The Aid Effectiveness project advocates for information transparency, alignment with poverty reduction goals, and government and donor accountability for development results. Read morehere.

The Environment Programme

This Programme also has four key projects:

  • The Climate Change project raises awareness of the impact of climate change and the need for adaptation, supporting NGOs to advocate for policies that protect poor and vulnerable communities. Read more here.
  • The Community Rights and Hydropower Development project raises awareness of the impact of hydropower developments on climate change and local communities, supporting NGOs to advocate that developments do not harm the environment or vulnerable communities. Read more here.
  • The Agricultural Policies project raises awareness of the impact of agriculture policies relating to climate change, supporting NGOs to influence and monitor those policies to benefit the poor and vulnerable farmers. Read more here.
  • The REDD+ Policy Monitoring project focuses on policy issues to ensure the interests and rights of the indigenous and forest-dependent people are protected. Read more here.

Land and Livelihoods Programme

This Programme has four key projects:

  • The Land Security project supports NGOs to jointly advocate for improved land tenure security and better land dispute resolution mechanisms to benefit the poor and vulnerable. Read morehere.
  • The Resettlement and Housing Rights project supports NGOs to encourage authorities and developers to properly inform and consult with affected communities about development projects, to minimize the negative impact of agro-industrial and construction projects, land grabs and resettlement. Read more here.
  • The Indigenous Land Rights project works to secure indigenous peoples’ land and protect their communities by preventing or mitigating the negative impacts of development projects such as economic land concessions (ELCs). Read more here.
  • The Forestry Rights project works to prevent or mitigate negative impacts of development projects such as ELCs on forest-dependent communities and promotes alternative livelihood options for them. Read more here.

The Research Advocacy and Communication Centre

Successful advocacy depends on sharing evidence-based research and information. The Research and Information Centre collects, analyses and disseminates information through reliable and comprehensive reports for the whole NGO Forum. It ensures that key information is available online to support members’ advocacy.


The membership is the guiding force. There are 89 full member organisations and 2 associate members. Full members are NGOs operating in Cambodia, and participate in Management Committee elections, contribute to discussions at Quarterly Members Meetings and the Annual General Meeting, and contribute to specific advocacy activities and/or pay a nominal membership fee. Associate members are not NGOs and do not have voting rights.

The Management Committee is a group of seven individuals elected from the full member organisations, and is NGO Forum’s decision-making body. It is elected at the Annual General Meeting or Quarterly Members Meeting and meets monthly. Each Management Committee member has a term of two years, with a second term possible.

The Forums promote information sharing and debate among NGOs. Forums may suggest plans and activities to strengthen advocacy on particular issues. Their membership is relatively open. There are currently three permanent forums, on Environment, Development, and Gender. Further work on issues raised is usually carried out in smaller, more focused working groups.

Networks and working groups are dedicated to a particular task. They may be relatively permanent, such as the networks on Land and Housing Rights,  Indigenous People and Forestry , Pesticide Reduction, or Sesan River Protection, ,. A working group may also come together just to organise a particular activity – examples include working groups preparing events such as InternationalWomen’s Day and National Environment Day.

The forums, networks and working groups are not limited to member organisations of the NGO Forum. Their membership is subject to the approval of the Management Committee.

Budget Working Group
Latest Publications
  1. Optimizing Financial Management and Budget Planning for the Next Fiscal Year - Apr 01, 2024
  2. BWG Analysis on National Buget 2024 Law - Jan 22, 2024
  3. Key Inputs on the Draft New Law on Public Finance System By CSOs Budget Working Group - Dec 20, 2022
  4. CSOs' Budget Working Group Position Paper and Key Inputs on building macroeconomic policy framework and public financial policy for drafting the law on National Budget 2023 - Jul 26, 2022
  5. Summary of National Public Forum on Citizen Engagement in Budget Formulation and Monitoring on Public Budget Expenditure Process in the Covid 19 Context - Oct 28, 2021
  6. CSOs Position Paper and Recommendation on the 2022 Draft Budget - Sep 28, 2021
  7. CSOs Position Paper on the Executive Summary of Draft Budget Law 2021 - Nov 20, 2020
  8. OPEN BUDGET SURVEY 2019 IN CAMBODIA - Aug 21, 2020
  9. OPEN BUDGET SURVEY 2017 IN CAMBODIA - Mar 28, 2018
  11. IBP (2012), "Completed questionnaire for the 2012 Open Budget Survey for Cambodia". - Dec 10, 2014
  12. NGO Forum (2013), "Budget Transparency Brief for Cambodia 2012 - Jan 07, 2013
  13. IBP (2012), "Open Budgets - Transform Lives", Full report on the Open Budget Survey 2012. - Dec 04, 2012
  14. NGO Forum (2012), "Budget Transparency Brief for Cambodia 2010 updated June 2012" - May 08, 2012
  15. NGO Forum (2010), "Budget Transparency Brief for Cambodia 2010" - Dec 15, 2010
  16. NGO Forum (2010), "Analysis of the 2010 Budget Law" - Dec 08, 2010
  17. IBP (2010), "Open Budgets - Transform Lives", Full report on the Open Budget Survey 2010. - Dec 07, 2010
  18. NGO Forum "Mapping of Budget Information in Education" - Oct 01, 2009
  19. IBP (2009), "Open Budgets - Transform Lives", Full report on the Open Budget Survey 2008. - Dec 09, 2008
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