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Founded and officially registered at the Ministry of Interior on 19th September, 2003, the Khmer Institute for National Development (KIND) is a Non-Government Organization with a role of neutrality and not for profit. KIND aims to engage young Cambodian’s in economic and social participation so that they are able generate income, study, and debate. KIND also promotes young Cambodian’s participation in sharing concerns and monitoring public development programs in health, public services and natural resource management.

KIND  promotes democracy, anti-corruption, and good governance, and believes in involving citizens {youth} to monitor the public service through capacity building and networking. KIND strongly believes in strengthening the democracy and quality of public services through the partnership of government entities and Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s). KIND also enhances peace building, youth capacity in leadership, and working on how to demand transparency and accountability in public service delivery, especially problems which effect youth interest. KIND plays a key role in building a bridge between supply and demand in order to establish  constructive dialogue between groups.

Currently, KIND has three major programs:

1. Actions for Education Reform (AER): Aims to promote good governance and rights to access public service through collecting citizen feedback and advocacy for improving the quality of education.
Component 1: Textbook Monitoring Initiative: Textbook monitoring is a joint initiative between KIND and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – EAP (ANSA) with financial support from USAID – Building Bridges for Better Spendings in Southeast Asia. Using three established social accountability research methods (Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), Citizen Report Cards (CRC) and Social Audits) KIND and ANSA-EAP have used evidence based advocacy methods to monitor textbook availability with Cambodian youth. Every Monday from 4:30-5:30 Pm on FM 106.50 MHz, the weekly radio program Social Mirror provides a further venue for the discussion around education, with a particular focus on collecting feedback to improve the quality of education.

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Component 2: Check My School (CMS) Cambodia:
With financial support from Open Society Foundations (OSF), KIND is implementing Check My School (CMS) with technical support by ANSA-EAP. CMS aims to enhance constructive engagement between the government and the Cambodians’ civil society on improving education services. Specifically, the CMS introduces a transparency and social accountability platform for accessing information, providing feedback, resolving issues, and networking stakeholders. This program has previously been successfully implemented in the Philippines.

Currently being piloted in Takeo, Kompong Cham, Kompong Speu and Phnom Penh, CMS produces activities of research in education environment scanning, learning, and regional gathering. This is established through the launch of the program in both offline and online platforms to get feedback from students and communities in order to seek intervention. CMS links key stakeholders together with the media and government.

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2. Public Service Monitoring Program: Aims  to promote good governance in areas of transparency and accountability in public service delivery within both the health and infrastructure sectors.
Component 1: Check My Road ( CMR) is designed with the aim to engage citizens to monitor public road construction of commune/sangkat road and district road. KIND has been piloting the road construction monitoring by engaging and organizing citizens and youth groups to monitor sites and report back on their findings. In advocating social accountability and constructive engagement, an initial report has been sent to the authorized state agency for resolution

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Component 2: Administrative Service Monitoring:
Initiated in 2010, the civil registration monitoring has been implemented by a trained youth group in Takeo and Phnom Penh. They were trained on how to monitor and how to work with the community focusing on overcharging in civil registration. KIND coordinated the youth group in both data entry and analysis. A youth campaign to submit the result of monitoring was shared to Commune/Sangkat for resolution per target area.

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3. Dignity Youth Center (DYC) Aims to provide a learning venue for poor youth at the national and local level. Cambodian youths are provided life skills on how to engage economic and business planning, leadership and event management. DYC provides an opportunity for youth to learn and develop their agenda for social participation.The staff on the DYC programs are experienced workers in both the NGO and private sector.

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KIND provides also provides a venue for Cambodian youth to share  via ASEAN Youth Forum where youth can discuss the progress of the Cambodia Youth Development Policy and their participation in politics. Violence Against Women (VAW) who are the right defenders is the initiative that KIND proposes through Women Issue Network (WIN).

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4. Core program
Aside from the above programs, KIND works with other NGO’s in building peace and advocating on problems impacting youth and natural resource management in climate change, REDD+, land rights and forestry.

For further details in relation to KIND, please contact:

Mr. Pheng Kaulab, Coordinator, at kinddirector@gmail.com

Tel:  012 948 978

Office Phone: 076 6666 245

E-mail: kinddirector@gmail.com