COCD was established in late 2007 by a group of Cambodian development professionals with expertise in rural development and child rights promotion with a number of years of common experience working together. The staff and Board of COCD have continually demonstrated since its inception that they are particularly connected with marginalized and extremely poor sections of the population. With technical support from terre des hommes Germany, COCD was established and officially registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in March 2008.
Since its establishment in 2008, COCD has successfully implemented projects in the most remote regions of Cambodia. Following the success of an initial pilot in Veal Veng district, Pursat Province Cambodia, a much larger program was developed in this remote community.
In 2009, operations expanded to Phnom Kravanh district in Pursat. This office has since been closed although programs continue in this district. COCD continues to be very active in Kampot Province. COCD has programs in Kandal Province, concentrating on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs.
Due to a strong child protection policy and extensive knowledge of child rights, COCD was recognized and certified by the Cambodian government as a Child Safe Organization (CSO) in June 2012.
COCD is a member of Cambodia Against Child Trafficking (Cambodia ACTs) which is an NGO network that has been working mainly to fight against child trafficking across Cambodia.