• Keynote Presentation

  • Green and Resilient Cities: Green Sanitation in Cambodia

    Multipurpose Hall, 10:10 – 12:00, Thursday 29 November

  • Green and Resilient Cities: Greening Innovation in Cambodia

    Multipurpose Hall, 10:10 – 12:00, Thursday 29 November

  • Inclusive Cities: Child and Youth Friendly Cities

    Multipurpose Hall, 13:15 – 16:55, Thursday 29 November

  • Inclusive Cities: Making Cities Shared and Just

    Multipurpose Hall, 13:15 – 16:55, Thursday 29 November

     

  • Housing For All: Developing Pro-Poor Housing and Communities

    Multipurpose Hall, 08:30 – 12:00, Friday 30 November

Keynote Presentation

Cambodia cities: risks, challenges, and interventions

Presented by Dr Tep Makathy, Founder of the Cambodian Institute for Urban Studies (CIUS)
When: 09:40, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multi-purpose Hall

Dr Tep Makathy Dr Tep Makathy is the Founder of CIUS and holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo Master in Urban Environmental Management (UEM) from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok and a Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) in Phnom Penh. He has gained extensive experience with major international donors and INGOs since 1997 and has worked on World Bank financed-infrastructure projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Union of Myanmar as the Environmental Safeguard Specialist over the last six years. In 2015, he was officially accredited by the World Bank Group. Dr Makathy has also been involved in developing important urban related policies for Cambodia and GMS countries financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In 2015, he founded the Cambodian Institute for Urban Studies (CIUS), officially recognized by the National Government.

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Green and Resilient Cities: Green Sanitation in Cambodia

Climate Resilient, Inclusive and Environmental Sanitation for Green Cities

Presented by Ms Laila Kasuri, Water Policy Solutions Analyst, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Mr David Dietz, Country Coordinator, Cambodia & Myanmar, Environmental Sanitation Cambodia, Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA)
When: 10:10, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

In light of the major sustainability challenges currently faced by urban and peri-urban areas in Cambodia, this presentation focuses on designing inclusive and sustainable sanitation and wastewater solutions for urban areas. The presentation will introduce sanitation, as part of overall urban development, recognizing the economic opportunities triggered by improved wastewater management and how these opportunities can be harnessed for sustainable urban development. In particular, this presentation will focus on decentralized systems for wastewater management and sanitation provision.

These decentralized systems will be critical in meeting the SDG targets for sanitation access and can complement existing centralized systems. Such solutions are important, especially with the introduction of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (UN-Habitat), that highlight the role of municipalities and local authorities, which are identified as the key stakeholders for sustainable urban development. This presentation will furthermore discuss wastewater and sanitation planning, implementation, financing, and operations to provide a broader understanding of opportunities and challenges for decentralized wastewater and sanitation systems in the future.

About Ms Laila Kasuri

Laila KasuriLaila Kasuri is a Water Analyst with the Global Green Growth Institute, where she is involved in business model development and resource mobilization for low-carbon, sustainable and bankable investments in the water and sanitation sector, particularly decentralized wastewater management, non-sewered sanitation, and bio-economy services. She is closely involved with GGGI country programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, India, and Senegal, in help counterpart government agencies on policy and institutional reforms to support green investments in water and sanitation. Prior to joining GGGI, Ms Kasuri was the Lead Researcher at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Center for Water Informatics and Technology as well as Visiting Professor. Ms Kasuri has also worked previously with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in California, and as a Harvard Water Fellow, with her work focused on integrated water resource management, flood risk reduction and the “room for the river” concept in the Lower Mississippi River, the Indus River, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghana Rivers. She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard, in engineering sciences, and a Masters in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California, Davis with a minor in agricultural development.

About Mr David Dietz
David Dietz
Mr David Dietz has been working in the field of development cooperation for the past 5 years. After graduating from his studies in International Development at the University of Vienna, Austria, he worked in BORDA’s regional office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania before joining BORDA’s headquarters in Bremen for the last 2 years. In his current position as country coordinator for BORDA in Cambodia and Myanmar he is working on localizing the programmatic change of BORDA on the country level towards holistic approaches of integrated sanitation solutions for urban settings.

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JICA’s Cooperation for Water Environment Improvement in Phnom Penh

Presented by Mr Masashi Nishikawa, Project Formulation Advisor, Urban Environment Infrastructure/Climate Change, JICA Cambodia
When: 11:10, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall
The presentation will share experiences and insight from Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) ongoing assistance program to improve flood control, drainage and sewerage management in Phnom Penh.

About Mr Masashi Nishikawa

Masashi NishikawaMr Nishikawa has been assigned as Project Formulation Advisor at JICA Cambodia Office since April 2017, in charge of urban development for water supply, sewerage, and waste management sectors in Cambodia. Prior to his current position, Mr Nishikawa served JICA’s operation for Indonesia at both JICA Indonesia Office and JICA head office in Tokyo, handling various sectors such as water supply, disaster management, water resources management, agriculture, and climate change for Japan’s ODA assistance in Indonesia. In addition, he has also experience working at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines to provide socio-economic assistance for peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao Island.

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Green and Resilient Cities: Greening Innovation in Cambodia

Localised action for high impact change

Presented by Ms Liza Ordonez, Co-Founder, GoGreen Cambodia
When: 10:10, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

Liza OrdonezThe presentation will focus on impact and learnings from World Clean Up Day (September 15), demonstrating that small and localised community actions can bring about high impact change. Liza will also be able to update on our current and upcoming activities with local and national authorities, community groups and other NGOs.

About Ms Liza Ordonez

Liza Ordonez is a co-founder of GoGreen Cambodia. GoGreen is a social initiative started by a group of passionate environmentalists in March 2016, with the main focus of educating around waste management and plastic pollution/ consumption and reduction. After attending a small clean-up event in Phnom Penh, the group was inspired to take matters into their own hands. Their first clean-up operation attracted more than 100 people, and subsequent events since have drawn thousands around Cambodia, counting over 70,000 tons of recycled trash collected. With an online community of more than 1,800 members, GoGreen has been instrumental in advocating a green Cambodia. During her daytime, Liza is Regional Policy Coordinator focusing on social protection for Oxfam in Cambodia. Liza has been living in Cambodia since 2013 working on violence reduction programs. She believes that protecting the environment and improving waste management can be carried out through policies that focus on social behavior change and innovation.

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Green Urban Opportunities

Presented by Mr Taber Hand, Director, Wetlands Work! Ltd
When: 10:40, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

Taber HandPhnom Penh’s peri-urban development continues to be astonishing on many levels. The large geographic scale, rapid pace, sizable investments, and breathless promotions of residential bliss are confounded by the overall lack of zoning and public infrastructure and the need for long term sustainability in terms of materials and maintenance. And yet, this is exactly the period when the opportunities for sustainable green growth are greatest. Sustainable –“green”– economic development is most practical during the ‘new construction’ phase – in the city centers and in the peri-urban areas. What are the opportunities? Wetlands Work! presents several among many: ‘living walls’ of vegetation on buildings reduce air conditioning costs and improve local air quality; wastewater treatment using small foot-print constructed wetlands (CWs) reduce the loading on stormwater/sewer mains; and landscape-scale reservoirs can be constructed in a simple manner providing overall climate resilience and water security during drought periods. Present day Phnom Penh has examples of living walls (The Yellow Tower, etc.) and CWs (The Factory). Landscape-scale wetland reservoirs, designed for multiple usages, are exampled by the Angkorian-era East and West Barays, each of which held at least 50 million cubic meters of fresh water. WW! believes creatively designed reservoirs are needed climate change adaptation/resilience for freshwater provision. If several such structures were built in each province, they could attenuate water availability to villages and urban centers during droughts, provide fish production and biodiversity, recharge aquifers and geo-hydrologically connected wetlands, and provide for recreational activities.

About Mr Taber Hand

Taber Hand is Director of Wetlands Work! Ltd., and a student of water, particularly in watersheds, wetlands and estuaries. In 1995, he co-founded the Mekong Dialogue for Sustainable Development, a regional NGO for Mekong River management. Taber’s 1999 academic work described for the first time the ecological and economic system structure and interdependencies of Tonle Sap Lake’s fish production and its linkages to human nutrition. In 2009, Taber founded Wetlands Work!, an innovator of treatment designs using microbial communities and wetland plants to make safe water. Wetlands Work! provides appropriate sanitation solutions for water-borne communities. His professional interests include designing simple water treatment systems, conserving natural wetlands as public infrastructure for water quality, and promoting science-based adaptive management of large landscapes. He holds a BA in Botany-Zoology, Ms in Economic Geography, and a PhD in Ecological Economics. Email: taber@wetlandswork.com

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Bioretention solutions in Phnom Penh

Presented by Mr Aaron Sexton, Co-Founder, Cambodia Green Infrastructure
When: 11:10, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

Aaron SextonAaron will provide a brief introduction of the potential benefits of installing bioretention systems as a means to reduce impacts of storm water and flooding in Phnom Penh.

About Mr Aaron Sexton

Aaron has lived and worked in Cambodia for over 6 years. He has been fortunate enough to have worked in the many locations across Cambodia including in forests collecting baseline data, on islands supporting the development of a large-scale marine protected area, and in the city trying to improve environmental and soil impact assessment (ESIA) processes. In his spare time, he and his business partner Sirey Sum have created a social enterprise start-up company: Cambodian Green Infrastructure (CGI). Their intention is to initially design and install bioretention solutions to reduce storm water and flooding issues faced by urban populations.

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Inclusive Cities: Child and Youth Friendly Cities

Economic Empowerment by Hagar

Presented by Mr Vun Leng, Client Relations Team Leader, Hagar Cambodia
When: 13:15, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

Leng VunAbout Mr Vun Leng

Mr Leng Vun graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Majored in Sociology in 2010. He has been working with Hagar International for economic empowerment project since 2012 as a training facilitator and client relations officer. He had facilitated many clients to get skill through on-the-job training and job placement, and in 2017 he was promoted as client relation team leader with experience build up relations with clients, NGOs, and employer partners.

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Child Friendly Cities

Presented by Ms Leen Decadt, Technical Adviser, Child Protection and Participation, World Vision International
When: 13:45, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

Leen DecadtThe presentation is addressing child protection risks and strategies to foster resilience of children, parents and their communities in an Asian, urban context. A brief overview of child protection challenges in cities is given, followed by the general WVI’s programmatic approach, focusing on healthy, safer, resilient and prosperous cities. Understanding city resilience relates to physical, social, institutional and natural dimensions, using the eco-system to address child protection risks: the child at the center, with parents and caregivers serving as the first circle of care, living in a community. Accordingly, WVI has developed its child protection strategy applying several evidence-based models, targeting children, parents and communities, underpinned by advocacy for change with policy makers. The second part of the presentation dives deeper into proven models used in Vietnam and the Philippines such as children’s clubs, positive parenting, child friendly spaces and child friendly local governance in urban context. Finally, some key observations and recommendations are presented.

About Ms Leen Decadt

Leen Decadt is originally from Belgium and has spent over two decades working with governments, UNICEF and civil society in all parts of the world. Between 1992 and 2007, she worked in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal for various child protection organisations. The next seven years, she was Head of Programmes for Child Helpline International, the global network of child helplines, working with civil society and governments in 140 countries. Leen joined World Vision International in 2014 as the Child Protection Regional Advisor for East Asia, and since last year, she offers technical advice and strategic direction to child protection management in Asia Pacific and West Africa. She coordinated the design and management of ‘EVAC East Asia’, the East Asian programme to end violence against children (USD 6 million). Leen was equally assigned to represent WVI as a key child protection player in regional and international fora to advocate for child rights with key stakeholders. She holds Master and Bachelor Degrees in Public Administration (Development Management), and two additional Bachelor’s degrees in Social Marketing & PR, and Communication. Her career in development covers many countries across the globe and shows a progression from field work to policy development and management, based on sound technical and managerial experience, leading multi-disciplinary teams She has proven skills in child protection in various contexts, both for emergency and development programmes, research, training, programme design and donor liaison.

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To promote livelihoods through Agriculture Cooperatives in Phnom Penh City

Presented by Mr Sieng Borin, Director, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery of Phnom Penh Municipality
When: 14:35, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

Sieng BorinMr Sieng Borin will present on livelihood promotion through Agriculture Cooperatives in Phnom Penh. Since 2014 he has been the Director of Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery of Phnom Penh, and from 2005 to 2014 worked at the Deputy of Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery of Phnom Penh. Mr Borin holds a Master of Development Management and a Bachelor of Social Science. Prior to his work in government he has worked for NGOs SIDSE and CARDI.

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‘Futures’ program

Presented by Mr Tann Pextheur, Job Placement Manager, Futures, Friends International
When: 15:05, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

About Mr Tann Pextheur

TannMr Tann Pextheur is responsible for developing and nurturing good relationships with private companies, potential employers and relevant agencies to maximize employment opportunities for marginalized youths and caretakers through the futures program. Prior to joining the program as a Job Placement Manager, he was a Senior social worker working at the Futures office in Boreykeila, Phnom Penh. He helped provide psycho-social counseling to youth and caretakers, and ensured referrals to psycho-social services to ensure beneficiaries were receiving appropriate levels of safety and protection to grow up in a positive environment.

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Child protection and TVET: building a child-friendly city through child and youth resiliency?

Presented by Ms Emilie Traub, Fundraising and Technical Advisor, Good Neighbours
When: 15:35, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

Emilie TraubWith a strong focus on child protection, Good Neighbors Cambodia works to develop a child-friendly city by contributing to build the most secure and healthy environment for children and their families to grow and prosper. We believe that empowering vulnerable communities is the path leading to sustainable and holistic development and is a necessary component to sustainable urban development. Among the community development programs run in Cheung Aek commune and Prey Sa Sangkat, Phnom Penh, where GNC works since 2011 and 2014 respectively, the Child Health Service and the Community Child Protection System have been implemented to increase children’s access to health care and protection, contributing to children’s well-being, both on a physical level and on an emotional level. These mechanisms complete public social and health services and are the opportunity to advocate daily for better inclusion of children’s need to community planning. Parallel to this, acquiring technical and leadership skills seem crucial for youth to develop resiliency to Phnom Penh’s rapidly changing urban landscape and grasp opportunities when they can. GNC’s Vocational Training and Small Business Incubation Center will offer trainings and support for communities to thrive, grow strong and become resilient. This proves especially crucial when major urban project such as the ING City Project casts a shadow on the possible evolutions of the surroundings of the Cheung Aek Boeng in the decade to come.

About Ms Emilie Traub

Emilie Traub is Technical Advisor at Good Neighbors Cambodia since March 2018. She is a local urban development expert and has a thorough understanding of developing cities dynamics, with a special interest in youth and tactical urbanism. Working part-time with GNC, she also coordinates the partnership between Phnom Penh City Hall and the AIMF (International association of Francophone mayors and local government) and occasionally works with the Urban Platform Studio, an Australian-based urban development consultancy firm operating in Phnom Penh. She has worked in a variety of structures such as local government, social impact start-ups, international organizations and research programs in Europe, North America, South East Asia and South America. She interned five years ago at Phnom Penh City Hall conducting for her graduate program a research on the role of private actors in conservation of urban heritage. Until shortly, Emilie was director of the Urban Social Development Department at the Municipality of Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guyana, where she previously worked for the Public Urban Planning Agency.

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Child Protection and Education needs for Children and Adolescents of Phnom Penh’s Urban Poor Communities

Presented by Mr Path Heang, Chief of UNICEF (Phnom Penh Zone Office)
When: 16:05, Thursday 29 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

Path HeangChildren and adolescents of Phnom Penh’s urban poor communities face multiple risks and deprivations triggered by poverty. The report shows a strong interlink between poverty and exposure to various risks. With parents or caregivers having to devote most of their time toward earning an income, there is little time left to provide a proper care for their children. Coupled with their limited understanding on proper care for children, this results in the family’s reduced ability to protect children from risks, send them to school, and ensure they receive nutritious diet, as well as other essential services. Findings of this study highlight that proper parental care and more frequent interactions between parents or caregivers and their children is key to ensuring that children are protected from risks and that they receive basic services. Interventions that promote proper parental care and their closer interactions should be seriously considered to address most of the issues found in this study.

About Mr Path Heang

Path Heang is currently the Chief of UNICEF Central-Southern Zone Office in Cambodia. He has been in the position since 2011 and joined UNICEF in 2009 first as a Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist. Prior to UNICEF, he had work for UNDP as Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist in its Access to Justice Project. Before that he’d worked for The World Bank for nearly three years in the areas of governance, social accountability, land dispute prevention and resolutions, and researches. While working with International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2001, Path was a founding member in setting up labor dispute resolution system for the first time in this country, particularly in establishing the Labor Arbitration Council. In late 1990s, Path was among few civil society figures who strongly advocated for and supported the government of Cambodia to remove about 200,000 weapons from illegal civil possessions and in formulation of law on weapons control. Path holds Advanced Master’s Degree in International Studies specializing in Peace and Conflict Resolution from The University of Queensland (Australia). In 2008, he was awarded the International Alumnus of the Year by The University of Queensland and by Queensland Education and Training International (QETI) of Queensland State Government.

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Inclusive Cities: Making Cities Shared and Just

Yannawa Riverfront Urban Design Project by UDDC Bangkok

Presented by Professor Niramon Serisakul, Director, Urban Design and Development Center (UDDC)
When: 13:15, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

About Professor Niramon Serisakul
Niramon
Niramon Sersakul is an assistant professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She received her B. Arch (Hons.) from Chulalongkorn University and MA and D. Eng. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Since 2005, she has taught urban design at Chulalongkorn University. In 2013, she became a co-founder and director of the Urban Design and Development Center (UddC; uddc.net) as the first urban agency in Bangkok. UddC is aimed to be a deliberative platform to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the city. It includes local government, public and private sector, and civil society in a decision-making process in order to propose innovative solutions for urban development. UddC work with local residents and stakeholders in a participatory way, and UddC has gained the trust of the Thai government, local government, the private sector and the communities. Key milestone projects of UddC include Bangkok250 (bangkok250.org), GoodWalk Bangkok (goodwalk.org) and Yannawa Riverfront (yannawariverfront.org). In 2016, Niramon was invited as a Fellow of the Collegium de Lyon, and an associate researcher in Institute for East Asian Studies (IAO), in ENS de Lyon and RIVES, in Ecole nationale des travaux publics de l’État (ENTPE), France. And year 2017, she became an invited professor at the Science Po de Lyon, France.

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Public Space in Phnom Penh

Presented by Mr Isaac Daniels
When: 13:45, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

Isaac DanielsPublic space is a presentation of research conducted throughout 2018 on Phnom Penh’s “public” areas. The research examines what is public space in Cambodia, what are its benefits, and where is it located? The presentation uses maps, surveys and theoretical understandings of public space to provide insight into a city in which different groups have unequal access to areas to exercise, express their opinions and relax.

About Mr Isaac Daniels

Isaac Daniels is an urban land rights researcher with a Master’s in Applied Anthropology from the Australian National University. Working in Cambodia for 4 years, he has worked in rural education, indigenous land rights, and urban land rights in Phnom Penh. Currently, he works at Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, where he and the research team have focused on the importance of public space for Phnom Penh’s residents.

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Urban Mobility Incubation

Presented by Ms Abigail Perriman
When: 15:35, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

Abigail PerrimanWe have all experienced the traffic, pollution, and road safety challenges in Phnom Penh as we go about our daily lives. We may also be aware of the challenges those with disabilities face in moving around the city, or think that tech could help us get to where we are going more efficiently. But have you ever considered that with these challenges come an opportunity to pioneer innovative solutions to create more sustainable development in Cambodia’s cities and transport? The Urban Mobility Incubation is a program for innovative idea stage projects who are now looking for dedicated, tailored support to rapidly validate, launch and showcase their impactful businesses, focusing on accessibility, sustainability, safety, health and smarter solutions in mobility. We will be discussing how social entrepreneurship is a tool for change, sharing examples and inspiration from startups that are already improving cities and transport around the world and in Phnom Penh. Finally, we will share information about the Urban Mobility Incubator, and tips to help you with your applications.

About Ms Abigail Perriman

Abi Perriman is Program & Impact Manager at Impact Hub Phnom Penh. Having been at Impact Hub for one year she has managed the delivery of five incubator programs, working with startups, mentors, and stakeholders across industries in Cambodia. She will now be the program manager for the Urban Mobility Incubator with UNDP Cambodia and Grab. She is excited for Impact Hub to now apply its expertise to supporting innovators addressing issues that we all experience every day in the city, especially for those who face accessibility barriers to moving around their city. Abi has a background in social entrepreneurship and is passionate about supporting businesses dedicated to creating sustainable social impact and changing the way consumers interact with business on a day to day basis. She has worked in business development with two social enterprises to help them grow successfully and sustainably.

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Safe mobility for persons with disabilities in developing countries

Presented by Mr Chor Rada, Technical Support Manager, Handicap International
When: 16:05, Thursday 29 November
Where: Seminar Room 4 (Second Floor)

About Mr Chor Rada

Chor RadaMr Chor Rada comes from Battambang Province and graduated in 2011 from Norton University in Phnom Penh with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to this, Mr Rada attended the Royal University of Rule and Economics and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Since 2012, Mr Rada has gained more than 5 years of experience working with Handicap International as Disability and Accessibility (PODA) Project Officer and Technical Support Manager (TSM). He provides technical support to improve physical accessibility of built environments.

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Housing For All: Developing Pro-Poor Housing and Communities

Housing at the Center

Presented by Mr Laxman Perera, Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
When: 08:30, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

laxman-pereraHousing has been placed at the centre of SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and United Nations Settlements Programme has been recognizing housing is a key element of social development as well as an opportunity for economic development, and has engaged with affordable housing development for low to middle-income households. So, what does “affordable” housing really mean? In this presentation, we will explore the myth and reality about affordable housing, and discuss the strategic approach to address affordability in the housing market.

About Mr Laxman Perera

Mr Laxman Perera serves as a Human Settlements Officer at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP). Mr Perera is responsible for UN-Habitat programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Vietnam. He is also the focal point for housing and slum upgrading, urban basic services, private sector partnership, human rights and safer cities programme at the regional office. He has served as the UN-Habitat Habitat Programme Manager in Sri Lanka over 5 years and as the Deputy Country Manager of UN-Habitat in Myanmar. Prior to his engagement with United Nations, he has served more than 20 years in the Sri Lankan government as a senior official of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and worked in the fields of urban development, housing, urban basic services, post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction, and community development. Mr Perera is a Sri Lankan national and has a Master of Arts in International Relations. Away from his professional career he enjoys wildlife tours and driving.

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Affordable Housing Policy in Cambodia

Presented by Mr Chea Sophak, Chief of the Policy and Knowledge Management Division of Public-Private Partnership, Ministry of Economy and Finance
When: 09:00, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

About Mr Chea Sophak

Chea SophakMr Chea Sophak works for the Ministry of Economy and Finance since 2015. Currently, he is a Deputy Director Department of Macroeconomic Policy and Fiscal of the General Department of Economic and Public Finance and he also serves as a Chief of the Policy and Knowledge Management Division of the Public-Private Partnership. Prior to joining the Ministry of Economy and Finance, he was a Program Officer at Japan International Cooperation Agency responsible for ODA Credit. He earned his master degree from Australian National University (ANU) specialize in International and Development Economics.

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Urban Poor Housing Development

Presented by Ms Somsook Boonyabancha, Chairperson, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR)
When: 09:50, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

About Ms Somsook Boonyabancha

SomsookSomsook Boonyabancha, Chairperson of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a coalition of organizations working on urban poor housing development in Asia. She was formerly Director of Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) in Thailand. She was born in 1951 in Thailand studied Architecture from Chulalongkirn University in Thailand and attended the Housing and Urbanization Course in Copenhagen, Denmark during 1977-1978. She was awarded an honourary Doctorate Degree in Architecture from Khonkhaen University, Thailand. She has been working extensively on urban poor housing development and slum upgrading in Thailand and in countries in Asia in the past 30 years (since 1977). Her particular expertise and development orientation on community driven, community led development in wide scale change process in urban community housing, community welfare, and rural community land and housing development. During her CODI years, she implemented the national city-wide community upgrading which has been implementing in almost 300 cities using new community finance and revolving fund mechanism, in Thailand.

Apart from urban community process, she also has good experiences on community-led development process on various rural development activities, the rural-urban link and community-led disaster rehabilitation while working with CODI (and UCDO) during 1992-2009. She has been managing ACHR’s significant regional program on Asian Coalition for Community Action to support city-wide community-led upgrading and development in Asian cities. The program achieved city-wide development change in 215 Asian cities in 19 countries by end of 2014. She has extensive international experience from a member of the Fact Finding Committee in Korea and Hongkong at the end of 80s and beginning of 90s. Her experiences span from working with communities, NGOs and government in several Asian countries, working with UN advisory committees such as UN Habitat Eviction sub committee, MDG’s on housing, Advisory committee of Cities Alliance, and ESCAPs. Furthermore, she has held or holds various national positions as former Constitution drafting committee, National Housing Development Committee, and National Reform Committee. Contact : Somsook Boonyabancha, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, 73 Soi Sonthiwattana 4, Ladprao 110 Rd., Wangthonglarng, Bangkok 10310 Tel. 66-2-5380919, Fax. 66-2-5399950, email achr@loxinfo.co.th, somsook@achr.net

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Experience on Tenure Transformation in Battambang

Presented by Ms Keo Reaseykanika, Project Officer and Mr Khiev Chan, Housing and Land Policy Manager, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
When: 10:20, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

The Cambodian government prepared a ‘Civic Engagement Framework which recognized that society must broadly be engaged and mobilized when implementing Social Land Concessions (SLCs) in urban areas. As a result, the government partnered with the World Bank to create pilot programmes where communities would work directly with NGOs. The Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development (LASED) Project funded by Japan Social Development Fund through the World Bank was one such programme and in 2013, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia was one among three non-governmental organizations awarded the implementation of the project ‘Strengthening Civil Society-Government Partnership to Deliver Land Tenure Security’. The goal of the project was to pilot test the Land Law Framework on Social Land Concession process in the community known as the Garden Area, in Prek Preah Sdach Sangkat commune, Battambang Battambang Municipality, Battambang Province, Cambodia through a process of formalization of tenure. Building on the five-year pilot experience on urban SLC, Habitat Cambodia launched another three-year project in an 82-plot-land granted by the Battambang government. This paper will discuss outcomes and lessons learned from implementing SLCs in urban Battambang, and will highlight how, beyond the transfer of land, the project established and utilized other interventions such as awareness raising, land rights advocacy, partnership development, participatory planning, capacity building of government, re-blocking, land management, processing registration as well as provision of housing solutions and support services to enhance livelihood sustainability.

About Ms Keo Reaseykanika

Keo ReaseykanikaMs Keo Reaseykanika is a Project Officer for Chapadeum Chivet Thmey (Grant-based housing program for vulnerable groups) and land and housing program in Battambang. Kanika has over 14 years of experience in land advocacy and has a particular focus on community mobilizing and government partnerships. She has been an active part in Habitat Cambodia’s implementation of the urban social land concession project in Battambang, and has facilitated saving groups in local communities, especially among urban poor and informal settlements in Cambodia. Kanika has a degree in Human Resources Management. She has been a staunch advocate for land and housing at the local level and worked collaboratively with the Battambang Technical Working Group in facilitating the ‘Strengthening Civil Society-Government Partnerships for Land Tenure Security’ project funded by World Bank. Kanika has also assisted local authorities in developing the operations manual for urban social land concession, and has provided inputs to the Ministry of Planning in strengthening modules for informal settlements.

About Mr Khiev Chan

chan-khievMr Khiev Chan is Housing and Land Policy Manager for Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, Attorney at law, and member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Chan Khiev has 22 years of experience in policy advocacy/campaign and policy consultation, networking and communications for sustainable development, livelihood and food security, promotion and protection of human rights, engagement and cooperation with government and private sectors. Chan holds a masters in law and political science and International Human Rights laws. Chan has undertaken many research studies on large-scale agriculture investment impact, law enforcement and sustainable development related to natural resource management and accountable investment of the private sector. He also contributed his knowledge and experience by providing inputs on the land policy “white book” with Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction and the Environmental Code with Ministry of Environment, and has also undertaken training among CSO networks such as LAHRIN.

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An affordable housing project in a Special Economic Zone

Presented by Ms Lang Sok, SDG and Private Sector Engagement Specialist, UNDP Cambodia
When: 10:50, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

lang-sokLang Sok is the SDG Focal Point for UNDP Cambodia and also a Private Sector Engagement Specialist bridging business to Sustainable Development. Before that, she was heading the Communications Team of UNDP. She holds a master’s degree in International Public Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Before joining UNDP as a Young Professional Officer, then a Programme Analyst, she worked as a consultant for International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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Serey Mongkul Satellite City: The first affordable housing project in Cambodia

Presented by Mr Sothirith Yuk, General Manager, Worldbridge Homes Co., Ltd.
When: 11:00, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

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This presentation starts with a brief introduction to the completed and ongoing property development projects of Worldbridge. It then touches on the core question what is affordable housing before giving an overview of the affordable housing project being developed by Worldbridge. The presentation concludes by highlighting some of the key features of the project that make it one of a kind in Cambodia.

About Mr Sothirith Yuk

Sothirith is the General Manager of Worldbridge Homes, a subsidiary of Worldbridge Group, whose mission is to develop quality, safe and affordable houses as well as to build a vibrant, cohesive community with a convenient living environment for low and medium income households. A graduate from University College London’s Development Planning Unit, he has spearheaded development of affordable housing in Cambodia. Prior to joining Worldbridge, Sothirith served as an economic officer and an economic/commercial specialist at the British and American embassies in Phnom Penh respectively.

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Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading Project

Presented by Ms Tep Sothy, Architect, The Room Design Studio
When: 11:20, Friday 30 November
Where: Multipurpose Hall

On-site redevelopment for Boeung Tompun area is a part of the City for All! – Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II – Project which aims at developing and promoting good practice in spatial planning and urban poor settlements upgrading among communities in Cambodia. Phnom Penh’s expansion is threatening the sustainability of the city due to the lack of enforceable spatial plans, leading to social exclusion and displacement. The feasible study on onsite redevelopment plan will be discussed in three different communities, Prek Takong 1, Cherng Ek Group 3 and Cherng Ek Group 4 community.

About Ms Sothy Tep

Sothy TepAn Architecture and Urbanism graduate of Royal University of Fine Arts, Ms Sothy Tep has spent almost half a decade volunteering in projects related to community upgrading and urban sustainability. With experience working with local and international experts in the field, Ms Tep is now handling an on-site redevelopment project for three communities in Boeung Tompun area and this project is a part of City for All! – Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II – Project, funded by European and Czech Development Agency and implemented by People In Need.

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Facilitation of the Housing For All session by Andéol Cadin, Chairman, EuroCham Green Business Committee

About Andéol Cadin

Andéol CadinAndéol Cadin began his first freelance experience as an Architect in 1996, the same year he made a backpacking trip around South East Asia, including Cambodia. Since then, he has run architectural companies and various development projects in Europe and Asia, with a focus on sustainability. Now co-Founder and Managing Director of AF Architecture & Development, Consultant in Sustainable Business Development and Green Economy, he has accumulated years of experience in studies and realizations undertaken at different scales, always promoting sustainable practices in architecture and urban planning in Cambodia.