The CLESIDRA project (Civil Local Empowerment for Socially Inclusive Development in Ratanakiri-Cambodia), co-financed by the European Union and implemented in the province of Ratanakiri, has finally been approved and will begin in January 2024.

ILS LEDA is engaged as technical responsible of its implementation, whereas FELCOS is the leading partners, and Building Community Voices (BCV) and Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD) are the Cambodian partners.

The target groups are: 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including: 15 organizations supporting Agriculture/Forestry/Farmers/Fishery; 3 organizations for environmental protection; 5 organizations supporting indigenous people; 12 organizations supporting social development, 5 community-based organizations – CBOs; 60 Local Authorities (LAs), of which 1 Provincial Government, 9 District/Municipality, and 50 Communes authorities; and 10 Socio-Economic Service Providers (SESP).

The overall objective is to strengthen civil society capacity and participation through a multi-stakeholder dialogue for tackling economic challenges and promote inclusive development in the Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia, whereas the specific objective is to promote innovative and democratic forms of multi-stakeholders’ partnership for new governance models: a tailored Platform for Socio-Economic Dialogue (PLASED), and a Comprehensive Services System (COSS) for favouring access to the socio-economic resources for women, youth, indigenous, and the most marginalized and vulnerable (WYIMaV) people, in accordance to a right-based, non-discriminatory, and gender equality focused approach.

The expected outputs are:
Output 1: A platform (PLASED) established for networking, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local Authorities (LAs), Socio-Economic Service Providers (SESP) and other relevant stakeholders of Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia, with the aim of building a free and permanent dialogue for the socio-economic inclusion of women, youth, indigenous, and the most marginalized and vulnerable people, including representative of each category (at least 110 people of which at least 40% women)
Output 2: At least 4 participatory strategies (STRAT) for competitive, inclusive, sustainable and resilient value chain development (possibly rice, cassava, forestal products, eco-tourism), realized through an innovative participatory exercise, as permanent key tool of the Platform delivered, and elaborated through the participation of at least 15 people for each value chain.
Output 3: A Comprehensive Services System (COSS) established for supporting socio-economic development of the Province, as a branch of PLASED, including at least 20 CSOs, 10 SESP, and 10 LAs, of which at least 40% women.

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