Partners’ Network Meeting: Cambodia

Cambodian Partners networked together in Phnom Penh in December for a meeting focused on “Strategies for Success”. These forums are co-ordinated by Peta Thomas, our Project Officer and Cambodia Manager, and the meeting was hosted by Makara Kin, our Assistant Project Officer.

The first of two key speakers was Sao Vanna from Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE), our project ‘J759N Schools for Excellence’ . With many years experience in the Education sector in Cambodia we asked Vanna to share on how KAPE is working with the Cambodian Government’s new strategy to improve education delivery. Formal education improvement is very relevant, with around half of all GDG partners in Cambodia working in the education sector. We also invited the KAPE social enterprise, “Thun Thean Seksa” (which is Khmer for educational resources) to use a table at the back of the room to promote their products. Many partners took brochures of their extensive resource list which are specifically designed for Khmer classroom use.

Five new Cambodian project partners introduced themselves including Phin Naroth from project ‘J771 Stars of Peace’, Cherie McGonagle from ‘J830 Khmer Community Development Project’, Kevin Knight from ‘J835 The Mango Tree Development Project’, and Weh Yeoh from ‘J703 OIC The Cambodia Project (Education)’. Kevin drew out some excellent examples of participatory development methods they’re using, and Weh provided some good examples of strategic thinking that informed the next segment.

Kelley Chisholm, GDG Partner Relations Manager, brought to the group a workshop segment on “Strategic Thinking”.

Peta said “Afterwards we commented that there seemed to be a real buzz in the air whenever participants had a chance to network, every table seemed to be alive with conversation.”