How will the ASEAN Economic Community impact Cambodia?

How will the ASEAN Economic Community impact Cambodia?

The end of 2015 is set to be the launch of the new single market in Southeast Asia, otherwise known as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Ten countries in the region, including Cambodia, are expected to benefit from “the free flow of goods, services, investments, and skilled labor, and the freer movement of capital across the region.” (Nay Pyi Taw Declaration, May 2014)

But with the construction of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region’s special economic zones also coming to a close in the next twelve months, what are the implications for migration in the area, and how will this affect Cambodia?

Coordinating our efforts against forced marriage in China

Coordinating our efforts against forced marriage in China

Every year, many Cambodian women are being sold a dream. It’s a dream of a better life in China: a rich husband, a comfortable office job, a world away from their provincial, and often poor, villages. In reality, brokers are working on both sides of the border to sell these women into marriages they find are far below their expectations, and into a life in rural China strikingly similar to the one they were trying to escape.

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Chab Dai's long time staff member and Chab Dai USA co-founder, Tania DoCarmo, is highlighted by University of California Irvine's School of Social Sciences for her experience in both academia and activism against human trafficking. 

For first year grad student Tania DoCarmo, the path to a Ph.D. has been anything but conventional. However, what her journey lacks in predictability, it makes up for in travels abroad, human rights work and practical, first-hand knowledge of human trafficking—her primary research interest.

 

Training the next generation of Cambodian social workers

Training the next generation of Cambodian social workers

It’s been three years since the first cohort of Social Work majors in Cambodia graduated from university, fulfilling a very real need in providing human trafficking and abuse survivors with expert care and support. With this in mind, we thought it was time we checked in with our Jeut Nung Dai social work training team here at Chab Dai.

Collaborating with corporations in the fight against trafficking

Collaborating with corporations in the fight against trafficking

A decade ago when Chab Dai was set up as a coalition, there were few partners in the movement outside the NGO sector. However, in recent years we have seen a new generation of stakeholders who previously had only been seen as the problem and not part of the solution. These partners are from the business sector and, although there is still a level of suspicion between the NGOs and businesses, there is also a growing collaboration emerging internationally.

The Chab Dai Charter goes online

The Chab Dai Charter goes online

Member organisations travelled from as far as Siem Reap and Battambang to show their continuing commitment to excellence, through the Charter’s set of professional standards in combating human trafficking and abuse. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide on everything to do with the Charter, how it works and how it can benefit organisations.

"My motivation lies in supporting my Cambodian colleagues"

"My motivation lies in supporting my Cambodian colleagues"

We talk to Esther Pastores of World Hope International, one of Chab Dai's coalition members. Esther's initial experience was working with Cambodians in 1987-89, coordinating mother, child health and community services in Site 2 South refugee camp, Thailand with Christian Outreach Relief and Development (CORD). Following this she had the opportunity to help establish primary health care programs in Kampot and Prey Veng from 1990-93, during the UNTAC era.

Celebrating 10 Years

Celebrating 10 Years

Chab Dai staff were assembling, dressed in their finest traditional sampot, and attendees from many of our 53 member organisations were arriving at the ICF conference rooms in Phnom Penh. Here at Chab Dai, we wanted our first Bi-Annual Member Meeting of 2015 to be as joyful an occasion as possible, so there was a photo booth on hand, ready with sequins and all manner of fun props to pose with.