Equitable Cambodia is a national leader in advocating for the protection and defense of housing, land, and natural resource rights in Cambodia.
Our organization was established in 2012 to enhance and safeguard the rights of all Cambodians from a protracted land-grabbing crisis that has seen nearly 14 percent of the country’s land transferred from small-scale food producers and indigenous peoples into the hands of agro-industrial firms. These practices have left thousands of Cambodians displaced from their sources of economic livelihood and subject to human rights abuses.
Through policy research, advocacy at the national and international level, coalition-building and community organizing, EC endeavors to transform the land and economic development practices of the country into a model that respects, protects, and fulfills the human rights of the Cambodian people.
EC accomplishes its goals through three dynamic programs, each striving toward our vision of a Cambodia in which all people are able to enjoy their basic human rights and natural resources are managed sustainably for the common good.
Watchdog of foreign businesses and development actors operating in Cambodia.
Equipping Cambodians to advocate for equitable development.
Motivating and supporting threatened communities from within.
Equitable Cambodia traces its roots to 2003 as a part of Bridges Across Borders, an international aid and development non-governmental organization that worked throughout Southeast Asia to improve the lives of the region’s most vulnerable populations.
Over the next decade, Bridges Across Borders’ role in Cambodia became more pronounced, expanding with a team dedicated to issues tailored to the needs of Cambodians. Operating as Bridges Across Borders - Cambodia, the organization dedicated itself to poverty reduction, water security, and its core mission of empowering communities to advocate for themselves in a rapidly developing country with complex human rights concerns.
In 2012, BABC became localized into Equitable Cambodia, a national Cambodian NGO with Cambodian staff assuming all organizational leadership roles. With this evolution, EC pushes into the 21st century as dedicated voice for the human rights concerns Cambodia faces today.
Equitable Cambodia believes strongly in cooperation and coordination with other like-minded groups, and thus we actively seek to combine forces when possible. Our current partners include the following organizations:
Community Capacities for Development
Indigenous Rights Active Members
Leaders and Organizers of Community Organizing in Asia
Equitable Cambodia is grateful to receive funding and other forms of support from the following partners:
We extend our deepest thanks to all of our partners, without who we would not be able to do the work that we do. Thank you!