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Mr. Ung Pola
Founder of COCD
COCD was established 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.
COCD was officially registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, with technical support from terre des hommes Germany. COCD ran their first successful pilot program in Veal Veng district, Pursat Province Cambodia.
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).
All children have quality social welfare and are free from all forms of abuse.
COCD aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and abused children in Cambodia through tackling structural causes of poverty, inequality, social exclusion and child abuse.
Accountability: We meet our obligation to COCD, beneficiaries, target groups, partners and donors to use resources appropriately and ensure that programs will benefit the community.
Transparency: We make information fully available within the organization and with COCD beneficiaries, target groups, partners, and donors.
Sharing: We jointly use information, resources, and good practices.
Solidarity: We unite amongst board, staff, beneficiaries, target groups, partners and donors with shared goals.
Collaboration: We work together with board, staff, beneficiaries, target groups, partners and donors and share ideas, knowledge, skills and resources.
Integrity: We act according to the values, beliefs and principles that we claim to hold.
Board of Directors
COCD has an advisory Board of Directors. It is the highest decision-making body and guides the strategic direction of the organization. The Board of Directors consists of five professionals including a Chairperson, Deputy-chairperson, Treasurer, and two board members.
Executive Management Committee
The management committee was recognized by Ministry of Interior and comprises of three members: Executive Director, Program Manager, and Finance and Admin Manager.
List of current Executive Management Committee
COCD’s approach is informed by the Integrated Rural Development and Child’s Rights Based Approaches when developing their programs.
Integrated Rural Development
Integrated Rural Development is a holistic approach to working with communities. It seeks to incorporate health, education, and agriculture. Stakeholders include vulnerable children, families, the private sector, community members, international and local NGOs, local authorities, and health and education service providers. This approach has an emphasis on prevention and also focuses on addressing the structural causes of poverty and other social issues.
Child’s Rights-Based Approach
The Child Rights Based Approach (CRBA) is based on the human-rights based approach as it relates specifically to children. The approach uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as its guide. The four categories of rights, as outlined by UNICEF, which every child is entitled to, are:
- Right to Life and Health
- Right to Education
- Right to Protection and Care
- Right to Participation
The CRBA approach sees children as one of the most vulnerable groups at risk of human rights violations. Interventions focus on the causes of poverty, disadvantages and human rights violations.
COCD has four strategic directions:
- Child Protection and Development
- Economic Empowerment
- Social Empowerment
- COCD Capability and Sustainability
Click here to read: Strategic Plan 2019-2023 or the Strategic Plan map [add link].