HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Peace-building» in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It is still marked by the negative consequences of the "Khmer Rouge" regime. Authoritarian rule and a weak democracy are hampering economic development. Agriculture provides a livelihood for some 80 per cent of the population and still has enormous potential for development. Through a broad-based country aid strategy, HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations are working to secure the livelihoods of Cambodian smallholder families and boost their autonomy. This involves several complementary projects to improve agricultural output and foster peaceful coexistence in society.
In 2020 HEKS/EPER helped deal with 90 conflicts over land and resources – some of them long-standing ones. Twenty-eight were resolved peacefully. This meant access to 2000 hectares of land for roughly 2500 people. HEKS/EPER also facilitated market access for small agricultural producers, enabling almost 350 families to increase their incomes.
Peace and stability are prerequisites for advancement and prosperity. HEKS/EPER starts with peace work in everyday life. If conflicting parties can be shown common values, interests and prospects, this leads to better mutual understanding, to recognition, respect and cohesion. HEKS/EPER empowers individuals and groups that are committed to peaceful coexistence, through youth camps, peace networks, advocacy, media work and exchange programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
Cambodia Country Programme
Food security and autonomy
In Cambodia, HEKS/EPER supports rural community development projects being run by local partner organizations.
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.