Development and Partnership in Action (DPA)

DPA has a strong track record of achievements in the areas of natural resource management, climate change resilience, and food security for grassroots organizations, social enterprises, and other livelihood initiatives.


Issue AreaLivelihood

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Our Mission

DPA partners with all relevant stakeholders, including government, civil society, and the private sector, to empower and support poor and vulnerable Cambodians, especially in rural areas, actively contributing to an enabling environment for sustainable and equitable development.

The Need

DPA has been addressing the low-income of vulnerable poor by increasing climate-smart agriculture production, linking them to the market, ensuring natural resources are managed, protected, and used equitably and sustainably, and increasing resilience, response and recovery when the disaster strikes.

The Solution

DPA focuses on two thematic areas over the next five years on Natural Resource Management to ensure Cambodia’s natural resources are managed, protected, and used equitably and sustainably, and Food Security and Financial Sustainability to improve the resilience and welfare of the target communities.

Our Impact

DPA target producer groups and agricultural coops, community forestry, fishery, community protected areas, and village disaster management group to increase management knowledge and skills to increase its members’ income, protect and use 27,790 ha of natural resource land in a sustainable manner.

Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) is a Cambodian non-government organization (NGO) that has been actively operating in Cambodia for over 30 years. Their diverse initiatives include capacity building for community leaders, promoting gender equality, managing natural resources, advancing health and education, and ensuring food security. Additionally, DPA adapts to emerging issues such as climate change and extractive industries, tailoring their efforts to address Cambodian-specific challenges. 

Their 2013-2016 strategic plan envisions a high quality of life for all Cambodians, protecting their rights and fostering engagement with relevant stakeholders. DPA employs Community Organizing (CO) and a Rights-Based Approach (RBA) to empower the poor and vulnerable, build community resilience, and create an enabling environment for sustainable development. Through these approaches, DPA aims to enhance access to rights and resources, improve livelihoods, increase participation capacity, and promote leadership among women, youth, and Indigenous People (IP) in target areas. To further strengthen and empower marginalized groups, particularly women and those in indigenous communities, the strategic plan focuses on natural resource management, climate change resilience, food security, grassroots organization support, and social enterprise initiatives. 

Operating at the local level, DPA primarily focuses on Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, Kampong Thom, Mondulkiri, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, and Battambang. 

DPA’s expertise in disaster management covers two key areas:

1) Livelihood Recovery, which involves providing alternative livelihood support and capacity building to restore and strengthen people’s means of living; and

2) Disaster Risk Reduction, which includes conducting risk assessments, contingency planning, disaster risk mapping, and capacity building for disaster preparedness among local community groups, along with conducting disaster drills. With their staff’s proficiency in emergency response and recovery projects, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation, DPA is well-equipped to respond promptly to any disaster events. 

About this Organization

Issue AreaLivelihood

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