Social Empowerment

Children report low rates of decision making power in decisions that affect their lives. Research has shown that Khmer children generally do not express their views within the family or community environment. Amongst the poorest families, few are engaged in village or commune planning processes.

Social empowerment for children may be in conflict with traditions and social norms and could be seen as a form of disobedience or lack of respect for elders. However, listening to children’s views can add insight into challenges facing them and their families, which can lead to effective solutions.

COCD plans to increase the ability, opportunity, and confidence of children and their families to plan and share decisions in their own lives and the lives of other people as appropriate, in keeping with Khmer culture.


Main Activities

Increase opportunities for more children and families to participate in local planning, decision making processes and community initiatives

- Community empowerment forums

- Participation of families in village development plans

- Community based research conducted by youth

Improve the confidence, skills and knowledge of children and families so they can actively participate in family and community planning and decision making

- Self-help groups whose members receive training on poverty analysis and planning

- Leadership programs for children and families

- Children councils and clubs

Increase the relevance of community and local authority development plans in relation to the stated priorities of the community, especially children.

- Youth participation in planning processes

- Support local authorities to include villagers in community planning processes