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Cambodia

As a key part of our Asia-Pacific focus, EWB Australia has worked with communities in Cambodia since 2005 to create positive social impact.
Population: 16 million
Capital City: Phnom Penh
Language: Khmer

Cambodia is a country continuing to work towards addressing its challenges. Whilst having benefited from three decades of relative stability after civil war and the 1970s genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge, health and education remain important challenges and development priorities.

%

rural residents that have access to sources of improved drinking water (>90% in urban areas)

%

rural residents that have access to improved sanitation facilities (~80% in urban areas)

%

have access to and use safely-managed drinking water

%

have access to and use electricity

* Sources: World Health Organisation; Asian Development Bank

Our Work

EWB Australia works to improve the quality of life of people living and working in disadvantaged communities in Cambodia. Our work is impact-led, with a focus on positive, sustainable and long-term change. We do this within local communities, to ensure we build the capacity of the people who live and work in them. Through this approach, we have established long-term relationships with local organisations with whom we partner, to ensure the solutions developed are evidence-based, relevant and, importantly, approved by each community. 

In Cambodia, we work across a specific range of thematic programs, including Water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), Education & TrainingEngineering Education, Inclusive Design and Clean Energy.

Our Impact

EWB Australia in Cambodia is currently engaged in a range of technical solution and sector & systems-strengthening projects.

    Our Team

    Key to this work are our in-country EWB Australia staff and our volunteer Field Professionals.

    Our Field Professionals are technical or thematic specialists who volunteer to work in-country to provide critical expertise, mentoring and capacity-building. These technical professionals are not only skilled in the development of appropriate systems and solutions, but also in community-led design and engagement. Our Field Professionals work alongside our in-country staff, or within our local partner organisations. Via this collaborative response, we enable and empower remote Cambodian communities to only tackle the issues that are relevant and of priority to their communities. 

    Socheat Nhip
    Socheat Nhip
    Engineering Education Program, Program Manager
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    Many Dy
    Many Dy
    Sanitation in Challenging Environments, Program Manager
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    Samnang Chhouk
    Samnang Chhouk
    Sanitation in Challenging Environments, Project Manager
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    Angus Mitchell
    Angus Mitchell
    Field Professional, WASH (WaterShed)
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    Our Partners

    Our Cambodia programs are supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Since 2005, EWB Australia has worked with over 14 partners in Cambodia and are currently working alongside:

    Other Programs

    Alongside our Community Program within Cambodia, EWB Australia facilitates a range of education, research and training programs for Australian students and professionals that aim to broaden awareness about the challenges in Cambodia and mobilise expertise to create even more opportunities for impact.

      Impact Stories

      Workshopping the new national guiding principles for sanitation in Cambodia 19 November, 2019 - A key focus of our recent work in Cambodia has been the development of National Guiding Principles on Sanitation in Challenging Environments for Rural Households, a highly consultative process involving government (national and provincial), NGOs, UNICEF, WHO, organisations representing people with disabilities, gender stakeholders and communities themselves.  The Guiding Principles were endorsed in June 2019 and… read more
      Shona-Field-placement Meet an EWB Field Professional – Shona Fitzgerald 5 September, 2019 - Pictured: Shona gets hands-on for construction of a prototype latrine design for high groundwater areas in Cambodia Name: Shona Fitzgerald Position: WASH Technical and Strategy Mentor Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tenure: July 2018-December 2019 What’s your engineering history? I originally studied a Bachelor of Arts in French and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Towards the… read more
      Ratanakiri, Solar Powered Water System and the team of The Johanniter and partners Partnering for Impact 13 February, 2019 - “EWB Australia’s skill set and knowledge, and their capacity building of local engineers is excellent, definitely a more sustainable approach. We had an EWB Field Professional as part of the entire process... tt was excellent! It was how we got the whole design set up. It was completely invaluable.” – Kyra Marwaha, Cambodia Country Director… read more