Major monsoon flooding has caused severe damage throughout northeast Cambodia. Many of those feeling the impact of these floods are in villages where DPA has been working with communities to improve their rights, health and sanitation, and livelihoods. To date, nine of DPA's target villages in Ratanakiri province and seven in Stung Treng province have been affected. As the water levels rose, rescue boats have been helping villagers to escape to higher ground, but these people are now in need of emergency support such as shelter, food and clean drinking water. In Stung Treng alone, over 1160 villagers that DPA works with have been affected.
Project staff have been in constant contact with flood-affected villagers and local authorities about the immediate needs of communities. As a result, DPA has spent much of the past week providing emergency relief assistance to those affected by the flooding in its target areas, focusing on the immediate shelter, food and sanitation needs experienced by those displaced.
Civil society, business officials and journalist discuss corporate social responsibility and human rights
It is important for private companies and businesses to respect the human rights of those their work impacts. In order to encourage engagement and understanding of this, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia organised a workshop on Business and Human Rights for Journalists, in cooperation from the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), on August 27 2013. The purpose of this workshop was to raise awareness in the media of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, business responsibility on these matters, and the role of civil society in promoting the implementation of these principles.
Held at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh, the workshop featured the participation of official representatives from the United Nations (UN), civil society, businessmen and national journalists.
DPA’s Executive Director, Mr. Mam Sambath, was invited to speak about the “Role of Civil Society in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility to Respect Human Rights”.
On 8-12 July 2013, the Integrated Community Development Programme (ICDP) of Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) organised a training course on Vegetable Value Chain and Marketing at the DPA office in Phnom Penh. There were 34 participants (13 women) from ICD-Mondulkiri, ICD-Ratanakiri, ICD-Stung Treng, ICD-Preah Vihear, DEA programme, FAD and Partnership programmes.
The objective of the training was to build DPA staff capacity on marketing, farm profitability, techniques for communication and post harvesting techniques in order to transfer those concepts and techniques to farmers groups, especially ICD's targeted groups for increasing farmers' businesses and incomes.