The City for All! – Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II (HRBSPII) – project works within five urban poor communities in Phnom Penh that are vulnerable to multi-dimensional hazards, such as land tenure insecurity, infrastructure gaps, poor quality housing and land-use planning. Led by People in Need, with Open Institute, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut and Urban Poor Women Development, the project enables community-led and technologically-innovative measures to allow urban poor households better understand their land tenure rights, make decisions on inclusive planning processes, and become involved in environmental sanitation management. Find out what we have achieved here with our Pathway to Empowerment infographic and download the Human Rights Based Spatial Planning in Cambodia – Guidelines here.

Funded by the European Union and Czech Development Agency, the three-year long project (2016 to 2018) aims at developing and promoting good practices in spatial planning and urban poor settlements upgrading among local communities and authorities, civil society organisations, the private sector and academia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project consists of the following elements:

  • Strengthening claims to land tenure through mapping, enumeration and legal analysis of the land status in urban poor communities in Phnom Penh, via www.itenure.net, the innovative software tool developed by PIN with OI. iTenure uses geographic, legal and other supporting data for legal analysis of a household’s land title and produces a customized information package, containing a map of the house, a report and legal advice on how to strengthen a land claim;
  • Ensuring community empowerment via community organizing, mobilization, and facilitation, to advocate for and oversee improved environmental and sanitation management in urban poor communities;
  • Foster participatory planning and engagement in short- and long-term community plans for infrastructure upgrades. Small-scale infrastructure improvements include sealed roads, latrines, drainage, and lighting while longer-term plans see community members actively engaged in the planning of their communities, working with local and municipal authorities on pre-existing and future Commune Development and Investment Plans, and alternative spatial redevelopment plans facilitated by PIN;
  • Facilitating the Urban Poor Poverty Reduction Working Group in developing policy papers and good practices in urban poverty reduction, bringing together local and international NGOs, development partners, private sector and academic representatives, and local, municipal and national government;
  • Improving knowledge and capacity of broader urban development and sustainability issues and challenges through the organisation of the annual City for All! conference and Spatial Planning Labs. These events bring together representatives of the local and national government, civil society organisations, NGOs, the private sector and academia and act as a platform to learn, share and discuss the latest urban sustainable developments, projects, and innovations.

Download the Pathway to Empowerment Infographic