Development work can be politically effective even in an autocratic country. A Cambodian NGO has demonstrated this by educating citizens about their legal rights and thus combating poverty in the Southeast Asian country.
Can one do meaningful development work in a de facto one-party state? Can one take initiatives to strengthen social and citizen participation as well as individual rights? It is possible, although it is not always easy, say Socheat Lam of the Advocacy and Policy Institute (API), a Cambodian non-governmental organization, and Jan Noorlander, the program director of CARE, Cambodia.
Lam was in the German city of Bonn on Tuesday, November 27, to receive an award on behalf of API for its work with CARE Germany. The award was also given by CARE.