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1. Project Title: Participatory Governance and Human Right Education for Indigenous People in Northeast Region

    Targets:               Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, and Preh Vihear

    Objectives:         The objective of this project to increase more participation of the indigenous groups in political process and democratization.

    Activity:

                  Key Activitie: Under this strategy and approach NICFEC will undertake the following activities:

Activity 1: Short Survey

Description: NICFEC will conduct a short survey to identify the existing knowledge of indigenous people regarding local governance and indigenous rights and determine information needs of indigenous communities regarding local governance and indigenous rights.

 

In order to get the real sense of existing knowledge and the need for information regarding local governance and indigenous rights, NICFEC will conduct expert discussion with local NGOs whose works related to providing health and education services, rural development, basic human and economic rights, and others in the four communes to collect information related to their way of life, level of knowledge, and their constraints to participate in local governance. Focus Group Discussions among village chief, senior community leaders, women activist to get their views on why they cannot fully participate in the local governance 40 villagers form each of the four communes will be interviewed. NICFEC will develop a prepared questionnaire form in Khmer to be translated into four Languages—Jarai,, Pnong, Tompuen, and Kreung 

 

The findings from the short survey will enable NICFEC to effectively produce local governance and indigenous rights with full participation form the indigenous groups

 

Activity 2: Production of local governance and indigenous rights

Description: Following the findings under activity 1, NICFEC will use its creativeness in the production of training materials in four different languages—Pnong, Jarai, Kreung and Tampuen—as there are no unified written characters for these languages.  In this regards NICFEC produce:

  1. Four Video spots in four languages in contain information on how citizen can hold government accountable, the rights and obligation of citizen in a democratic society.
  2. Poster depicting important steps in local governance process
  3. Cartoon book depicting important principle of the local governance and indigenous rights

 

Interpreters who are highly qualified in the four languages will be hired to assist in the production of the visual materials for training. NICFEC provincial coordinators who specialized and experienced in the local governance training will provide technical assistance in the production n Khmer language with interpretation to the language needed.

 

Activity 3: Applied training using in the four communes using the final materials produced with full participation by the indigenous groups

Description: NICFEC will conduct actual training session in the four communes selected under this project. Interpreters who are highly quality in the four languages will be hired to assist in the training. NICFEC provincial coordinators who specialized and experienced in training will provide training in Khmer language with interpretation to the language needed.

 

Activity 4: Mid-term and Final Report

Description: A mid-term report detailing progress made and difficulties faced will be submitted to DAP in the middle of the implementation of the Project. One week after the completion project NICFEC will submit final report that includes:

  • An assessment of existing knowledge of indigenous communities around local governance processes
  • An assessment of the effectiveness and relevance of using community based methods to protect their rights
  • Proposed strategy and recommendations for engaging indigenous communities more widely in participatory local governance and human rights training; and to create an enabling environment for the local development that incorporates indigenous people’s perspectives and understandings of local governance participation.

 

 Donor:             AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, PHNOM PENH, DIRECT AID PROGRAM(DAP)

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