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Governance and Democracy

1. Multiparty Young Future Leadership Training Program

Problem Statement

While Cambodia’s constitution makes clear that the country is a pluralism democratic state, concerns have repeatedly been raised about the extent to which democracy is realized in practice especially young political leaders. For example, young CNRP representative leaders were elite.  There are many obstacles in the way for the Young political multiparty in Cambodia to participate and engage in the principles of democratic governance and respond to public policy. For example, Young political leader , especially women, are not empowered to engage in public policy, governance and national development although the constitution of Cambodia stipulates that every Khmer citizen has a duty to take part in national reconstruction and respect the principles of liberal multiparty democracy.  The main component of this project is capacity building for party young leaders. Therefore, the project will monitor youth leaders to demonstrate improvement to their capacity. To measure of increased capacity, YCC will collect attendance sheets from each multiparty training to demonstrate the total number of party youth leaders exposed to training on legislative process, negotiation, debate and public speaking and pluralism. YCC will also collect the action plans created by interparty youth leaders to future gauge the impact of program.

Project Goal: To promote viable pluralism in Cambodia by equipping young party leaders with skills necessary to peacefully and democratically compete, while fostering productive interparty and intraparty interactions.

Project Summary

YCC proposes a project to empower youth change agents within Cambodia’s political parties to develop strategic, intraparty and interparty action plans for a series of activities that demonstrate mutual respect and commitment to pluralism in Cambodia’s political spheres. The project will deliver two outputs:

  • Improving multi-parties youth’s own skills in leadership, campaigning, messaging , strategic planning and policy development to foster a more competitive political landscape for Cambodia’s democracy; and
  • Increasing engagement of interparty and intraparty interactions between party youth members of Cambodia’s political parties in consensus and trust building dialogues.

In order for each relevant output to be delivered, main components of this project’s activities would include capacity building for party youth leaders, developing and conducting a joint party action plan and project, and facilitating dialogues and promotions via social media. 

Therefore, the project will monitor youth leaders to demonstrate improvement to their capacity. To measure of increased capacity, YCC will collect attendance sheets from each of the multiparty trainings to demonstrate the total number of party youth leaders exposed to training on Multiparty Young Future Leadership Training Program. YCC will also collect the action plans created by interparty youth leaders to future gauge the impact of program.

Project 2: Youth Participation in Better Democracy Pratice

Youth Participation in Good Governance Democracy Reform Program 

How this project creates change:

  • The project is aimed to engage the youth in Phnom Penh to participate in democratic reform, which demands government to be more responsive and accountable for their actions. YCC believes that educating women and youth to become more valuable and active members in the society will help achieve this goal. Thus, YCC has outlined its core strategies:
    • Strengthen the skillsets of youth through training series on Advanced Democracy Seminar (ADS), Citizens Journalism, Advocacy Skill and Public Speaking
    • Corporate with youth networks to facilitate the democracy reform process and address youth’s concerns through a variety of ways including quarterly youth network meetings, public forums, and dialogue, etc.
    • Work with the authority, NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, Development Partners and private sectors to enforce the effective implementation of national youth policy and employment policy
    • Increase community advocacy by maximizing social media networks such as Facebook Page

Target, number and location of project beneficiaries:

  • The project beneficiaries spread out in 5 different districts specified above in the implementation area. There are 8 target groups that will benefit from the project: 900 youth network members who will receive ADS training, 240 youth network members who will receive Citizen Journalism training, 240 youth network members who will receive Advocacy Skill training, 240 youth network members who will receive public speaking training, 792,926 general youngsters in Phnom Penh city whose concerns will be voiced out through youth network members, 500 general youth who will attend the commune development plans, 2,000 households whose issues will be addressed, 10 Sangkats that will improve public service delivery.

Description project activities:

  • At the beginning of the project, YCC will organize a project launching workshop to inform the relevant government officials, NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, Development Partners and private sectors about YCC project implementation and to seek partnership opportunities.
  • YCC will work closely with the local authorities, directors of high schools and rectors of universities to promote the project implementation and select the 900 youth networks (40% women) as project beneficiaries to attend the project.
  • YCC will develop and implement different training programs to develop skillsets of youth. Specifically, these trainings are:
    • 20 ADS trainings with 900 participants from high schools, universities, and communities in 5 Khans
    • 12 Citizen Journalism trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
    • 12 Advocacy Skill trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
    • 12 Public Speaking trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
  • YCC Youth Networks will meet quarterly to coordinate projects within their community to build relationships and encourage cooperation
  • YCC will organize 7 dialogue meetings with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, and the National Assembly to re-enforce the current national youth policy and employment policy.
  • YCC will organize 6 public forums of 300 participants to enable youth to bring their issues for discussion.

Projects expected outcomes:

  • The project overall will enable youth to develop their leadership and other soft skills and gain additional knowledge, which in turn will encourage them to advocate for themselves on the national scale. Besides, with improved skill sets, youth will better facilitate any engagements they may propose in their communities. Moreover, this project will serve as a milestone project amongst relative NGOs and stakeholder, encouraging similar projects in other locations. Lastly, the project will serve as a significant pillar of YCC to build its credibility and further promote YCC for other projects in the future.
  • To empower youth to foster greater participation in the democracy reform process through training on Advanced Democracy Seminar, Citizen Journalism, Advocacy Skill and Public Speaking.
  • To press the relevant government officials to address concerns of Phnom Penh youth and be more accountable and responsive to their action.

Project 3: Implementation of Social Accountability Framework (I-SAF)

The overall objective for the Social Accountability Framework Implementation (I-SAF) Plan is:

The overall objective for this Action is to “reduce poverty through democratic, inclusive and equitable local governance and more accessible and equitable public service delivery.”

The specific objective is to enhance the performance, responsiveness and accountability of local government and service providers (specifically communes, health centres and primary schools) in selected districts through improved access to local information, open budgets and citizen-led monitoring, with a specific focus on the engagement and impacts for women, youth, and ethnic minorities.

EXPECTED RESULTS

Component 1: Enhanced access to Information and Budgets

SR1 - Transparency of local public services (primary schools, health centres and communes) is improved.

SR2 - Citizens are better informed about government standards, budgets and performance.

      Component 2: Strengthened citizen-led monitoring

       SR3 - Local officials and service providers are better informed about priorities and concerns of citizens’ (including women, youth, and ethnic   

        minorities) regarding governance and public services.

       SR4 - Local officials, service providers and citizens (including women, youth and ethnic minorities) collectively agree in interface meetings a Joint

       Accountability Action Plan to improve local service delivery.

Component 3: Strengthened capacities of local NGO partners, CBOs, Community Accountability Facilitators through Facilitation and Capacity Building

SR6 - The capacity of citizens (including women, youth, and ethnic minorities) to productively engage government in improving services and enhancing accountability is enhanced.

SR7 – Community accountability facilitators are willing and able to lead accountability-related outreach and monitoring processes at village/commune level.

Component 4: Contribute to improve government policies, guidelines and practices through enhanced learning, feedback and monitoring

SR8 – Government has been encouraged to make changes to the policies, guidelines and/or practices of state and non-state actors as a result of learning from ISAF M&E.