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Sabine Joukes

country director

Chris Feddersen

senior program officer

Pact’s programming in Cambodia includes good governance and social accountability, women’s economic empowerment and natural resource management.

Pact’s WE Act project supports young women entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. With a focus on urban-based micro, small and medium businesses owned by women ages 18 to 30, the project is addressing key challenges to their businesses through capacity development, network expansion, information sharing, access to finance and markets and more. It’s also supporting others in the entrepreneur system to better serve the needs of young women entrepreneurs.

Pact also implements the USAID Green Invest Asia project, which is working across Southeast Asia with a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. The project is catalyzing private sector finance to upscale and drive investments in agriculture, forestry, and other land use toward low emissions, yet profitable business models.

In partnership with local civil society organizations, Pact has also helped Cambodians to improve governance at the local level, making processes and delivery of services more transparent, inclusive and accountable. 

Stories and Highlights

An entrepreneur who is supported by WE Act works on clothing designs with one of her employees. (Credit: Brian Clark/Pact)

Improving the socio-economic rights of more than 3,500 young women entrepreneurs in Cambodia

November 11, 2021
In Cambodia, entrepreneurs are the backbone of the economy. An estimated 350,000 small entrepreneurs across the country are making sure that their families have the income to send their children to...
Sophal at her pizza shop. Credit: WE Act

WE Act supports young women entrepreneurs in Cambodia to register their businesses

November 2, 2021
Pach Sophal, 32, runs a small, unregistered pizza and bakery shop in Battambang, Cambodia. Like most business owners, she wants to grow her business and earn more income for her family. That’s why...
Fishers in the Mekong Delta depend on both aquaculture and capture fishery. Credit: David Bonnardeaux/Pact

New grants and fellowships aim to raise local voices from the Mekong region

August 26, 2021
It was a regular Wednesday morning in Bangkok. Pact’s Thailand staff, working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, kept an eye on the Zoom chat as the screen began to fill with faces. Participants...

In Cambodia, empowering youth is a force for change

August 12, 2021
Ouk Sovandane, 19, is a sophomore majoring in banking at the Regional Polytechnic Techo Sen Institute, located in Sangkat Kraing Ampil, in Cambodia’s Kampot province. Growing up, Sovandane didn’t...

New partnership offers better access to financial services for Cambodia’s women entrepreneurs

June 25, 2021
Pact is teaming up with Wing Bank and Boost Capital, two digital financial services companies, to provide affordable financial services and products to underserved young women...
Governance in Cambodia

Five ideas for supporting CSOs to be more relevant, resilient and sustainable

May 24, 2021
The notion of civil society sustainability used by international development practitioners over-fixates on issues of civil society organizations' (CSOs’) financial viability and fails...
Participants at a three-day SIP training event in Viet Nam in September.

Water management capacity building in the year of Covid-19

January 25, 2021
When the first Covid-19 cases were reported, the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership team was still closing out its biggest annual event, the Mekong Research Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam. Almost...
Credit: Green Invest Asia

Private sector launches coconut industry's first sustainability charter

November 16, 2020
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia, implemented by Pact, private sector leaders signed the coconut industry’s first global Sustainable...

Women Entrepreneurs Act: Chen Sopheap

November 2, 2020
After seeing them struggle to find options for earning income close to home in Cambodia, Chen Sopheap started an association for women weavers. She is a strong role model for other women...

Women Entrepreneurs Act: Srey Phallathavy

November 2, 2020
Srey Phallathavy runs her own business in Cambodia making water hyacinth products. As a young woman entrepreneur in Cambodia, she has faced and overcome many challenges to run a successful business....