About EC

About EC

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. 

Development Watch

Community Empowerment and Legal Awareness

Community Organizing

Watchdog of foreign businesses and development actors operating in Cambodia.

Equipping Cambodians to advocate for equitable development.

Motivating and supporting threatened communities from within.


Our History

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.

Learn More

For more in-depth information about our recent projects, reports, or how to donate or volunteer, visit our resources section.

Our Partners

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:

   Amnesty International

   Aziza Schools

   Bank Information Center

   Bank on Human Rights

   Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education

   Building Community Voices

   Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association

   Cambodian Kids Foundation

   Center for Internation Environmental Law

   Community Capacities for Development  

   Community Legal Education Center   

   Community Peace Building Network

   Epic Arts

   ESCR Net

   Focus on the Global South

   Global Witness

   Highlander Association

   Housing Rights Task Force

   Human Rights Watch

   Indigenous Community Support Organization

   Indigenous Rights Active Members

   International Accountability Project

   International  School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)

   Leaders and Organizers of Community Organizing in Asia


   LICADHO Canada

   Meakea Aphiwadh

   Mekong Watch


   NGO Forum on ADB

   NGO Forum on Cambodia

   One World Foundation

   Room to Read

   Sahmakum Teang Tnaut

   Sustainable Cambodia

   The Bretton Woods Project

   The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)

   Tiny Toones

   Towards Ecological Recovery and Reginal Alliances (TERRA)

   United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

   United World College of South East Asia

   Youth for Peace

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!