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Human dignity must be restored. People need to be empowered to stand for their rights. Human rights belong to everyone. These are some of the powerful messages heard at Meta House on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2016.

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What we eat is determined by more than just our preferences. Food choices are shaped by availability, culture and global economic structures. Tradition and wealth can influence what we eat, just as trade and foreign investments can influence our access to food. Due to the high degree of economic interdependence, the purchase of a food product in one country can affect the price development in another, ultimately restricting food choices. In short: Food is a highly political issue. Nowhere is this more true than in Asia.

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Resource Governance

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In 2016/17, during the course of my research in Cambodia, I explored micro-politics of contestation and the role of former Khmer Rouge in contesting land grabbing. Analyzing the repercussions on conflict transformation, I also paid special attention to gender dynamics at play. 

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Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.

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Gender Democracy

In honor of International Women’s Day, NGO-CEDAW sponsored a live radio broadcast of a round-table discussion on the topic of domestic violence.

Cambodia - A joyous wedding preparation – celebrating a new chapter in a young wife’s as she steps into the unknown with anxious excitement. Stuck in abusive structures – the pain and suffering is hidden behind feminine beauty and a smile. But once the line is crossed too many times, the pain can be ignored no longer. Taking a stand – finding strength and courage, united as one, to have a voice and say ‘no more violence’.

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NEW ECONOMY OF NATUREPhoto: Ines Meier. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
DOSSIER: SQUEEZED – SPACE FOR CIVIL SOCIETYPhoto: Niklas Hughes. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
Delhi Monsoon. Photo: Axel Harneit-Sievers. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
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The Heinrich Böll Foundation – Cambodia Country Office
The Heinrich Böll Foundation (also known as Heinrich Böll Stiftung) is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our namesake, the writer and Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Böll, personified the values we stand for: freedom, civic courage, tolerance, open debate and the appreciation of art and culture as independent spheres of thought and action.

The headquarter of the Heinrich Böll Foundation is located in Berlin, Germany. Our international program is implemented through 32 offices worldwide, seven of them in Asia. 

Working closely with civil society groups since 1993, the Heinrich Böll Foundation was the first German political foundation to establish cooperation with partners in Cambodia. Building on past achievements, our current program focuses on two key areas for sustainable development of Cambodia: Resource Governance and Gender Democracy.