In 1993, the Cambodian National Council (CNC) based in the United States implemented a Cambodian-American Volunteer Project in Cambodia. The project was funded by USAID and operated for four years before finally localizing into a local capacity building organization focusing on training and advocacy.
SILAKA was incorporated as a non-political, non-sectarian local Cambodian NGO in January 1997 registered with the Ministry of Interior. SILAKA works to identify and provide quality programs and training opportunities for individuals and organizations. As a leading capacity building organization, SILAKA’s offers unsurpassed service and delivery of high quality training and consultant services.
We can work with you in an improvement process that is collaborative, values based, and focused on achieving success of your organization/institution. We work mainly with non-profit organizations, and governmental institutions to support, develop and implement projects to bring about gender equity, accountability and effective management.
The word SILAKA is formed from the word “SILA” meaning moral character, moral principles, and moral conduct, and the word “KARA” meaning an act, function, or work. Our name symbolizes our commitment to the moral objectives. Our training emphasizes not only competency as an important skills, but also the commitment to develop and safeguard honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability. We believe these must form the basis of credibility and excellence in public service.
SILAKA sets out to establish, build and strengthen the capacity of Cambodians by:
- Remaining concerned & sensitive to client’s needs while providing the quality relevant training;
- Promote good governance and gender equality in rebuilding Cambodian society;
- Nurturing networking and cooperation to engage both demand and supply sides;
- Sharing knowledge and experiences to help advancement Cambodian’s development, and peace building.
A prosperous Cambodian society, with sustained development, with women and men actively participate equally for good governance.
SILAKA’s Work Experiences
Past achievements include the training of over 5,000 individuals from local and international NGOs in Cambodia. SILAKA provides tailored training and consulting services to provincial rural development committees, three Health districts, one Health Promotion Department, three provincial women departments, Multi ministerial agency, Ministry of Women Affairs. SILAKA developed specialized training for larger national-based projects such as CARERE of the UNDP, the World Food Program, the International Labor Organization and the EU-PRASAC. Currently SILAKA is providing financial skills training to provincial NGOs so they can be equipped to provide training to 60 commune counselors in 4 provinces, Training of 8 three days sessions in Basic research, leadership, management and project planning and implementation for the members of the Provincial Rural Development Committee in Oddar Meanchey, Training of project management staff in 4 provinces in the Ministry of Water Management, and manage UNIFEM Gender and MDGs project to build capacity, media campaign and advocacy to mainstream gender in national planning and monitoring the a achievement of national indicators.
The following is a partial list of the activities implemented successfully by SILAKA:
- Joint-Program Evaluation of DanChurchAid funded programs in Cambodia in 1998 and 2003.
- Join evaluation with IECR of 10 major human rights organizations in Cambodia for SIDA in 2001.
- Evaluation of women magazine for Khmer Women Voice Center in 2001.
- Evaluate the Cambodian Women Crisis Center’s Program and organization for Terre Des Homes Germany in 2002.
- Evaluate organization and program of the Battambang Women AIDS Project in 2003.
- Team evaluates Gender in Development program and organization in 2003.
- Evaluate Generous program and organization with the support of DCA in 2004.
- Evaluate the NGO Committee on CEDAW on their program and structure in 2005.
Research and Program Development:
- TNA and capacity building training workshops and development of a capacity building plan for the EU-PRASAC project in 1999 and 2002.
- Rapid Survey in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Women’s Affair on the subject of Salt farms in Kampot and Kep for Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program of Cambodia in 1999.
- Partner with ILO in developing a government multi sectoral management plan on prevention, intervention, integration on the district level to the provincial level on child trafficking in Prey Veng and Sihanoukville provinces in 2001 to present.
- Training Assessment and Program Development for Rice Millers in Kandal, Takeo, Prey Veng, and Svay Rieng in June 2003.
- Design and provide training of 40 trainers for The Development of Management Capacity Building for the World Food Program from 2001- 2003.
- Participatory project development for an income generation activity for the community in Kep for the Ministry of Environment in 2001.
- Cambodian CEDAW, 7th Chapter, Monitoring Report in partnership with FES, 2005.
- Participate in the review of Cambodia report to the 34th UN session as the NGO delegates with the sponsorship of UNIFEM Cambodia.
- Secretariat of the Committee to Promote Women in Political Participation to develop strategy and activities to promote women in the 2007 commune election.
Specialized Training Need Assessment and Training:
- Assessment and workshop development training in project design and monitoring for Mine Action Group (MAG) in 1999.
- Training Need Assessment for PRDC, and training in Battambang for CARERE and training in Pursat, Rattanakiri, and Banteay Mean Chey PRDC/CARERE in 1998-2000.
- Partner with the Ministry of Water Management and Meteorology with the support from INWENT in Germany to conduct and facilitate management training and plan on Government Irrigation Projects to the local water users communities in 2002.
- Design and provide training of managers of PRASAC’s government’s partners in 6 provinces. Training to selection of management staff from the Office of the Governor, and Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Water Resource Management in 2001-2002.
- Implement training of trainers and program for the Development Management Capacity Building for the Cambodia World Food Program staff and partners.
- Facilitate operational planning for the different departments of the Secretariats of the National Assembly and the Senate in 2003.
- Decentralization Training to training of trainers and communities activities in Kampong Thom and Svay Rieng.
- Communication, Conflict resolution to community and local authorities in Kampong Thom and Svay Rieng.
- Grass-roots advocacy to training of trainers and communities activities in Kampong Chham 2004.
- Basic Business and governance Training for Rice Seed Company of the AQIP program in 2003-2004.
- Training of women and youth movement from the 3 main political parties on Basic communication, management, Robert Rules of Order, and Basic Planning – project execute in partnership with the National Democratic Institute, January 2005.
- Training and facilitating training sessions for key activists from the 3 main political parties on Training of Trainers skills, basic planning and investment planning, land and forestry laws- projects implemented in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation in 2005.
- Community training in 5 villages in Kampong Chham on PRA and advocacy skills to community activists.
- Training on monitoring of CEDAW training to the Cambodian National Committee for Women in 2005.
- Training of women candidates for Commune Counselors in Kampong Thom in 2007.
- Training and coaching of provincial NGO in Battambang, Pursat, Takeo in good governance and decentralization in social accountability for Commune Counselors in 2006. In 2007 –current, the program cover Takeo, Prey Veng, Takeo, Svay Rieng and Kandal. The program is a partnership with PACT funded by USAID.
- 2006-current: Training of managers and community leaders of Takeo province Health Operational District in a variety of subjects in leadership, management, communications, and community participation.
Institutional Assessment, Planning and supports:
- Provide institutional assessment and management support to strengthen the National AIDs Authority (NAA) in 2002.
- Facilitate the development of 4 years organizational and program strategic plan for Mlup Baitong organization for 2000 and 2003.
- Partners with the CCSP to facilitate operational planning for 2004 for the Cambodian Senate and the Cambodian National Assembly.
- Develop offices TORs and job description for central office of the Ministry of Women Affairs in 2004-2005.
- Develop training need assessment for the MOWA in 2005.
- Facilitator for the UNDP program to build leadership capacity on HIV/AIDS 2003- currently.
- Administrative support to a coalition of NGOs to campaign for non violence and peace building in 1998.
- Network support to community activists in peace and non violence in Kampong Thom, Svay Rieng and Kampong Chham.
- Partner with the Catholic Institute of International Relation of the United Kingdom to document Good Practice Study of 2 projects in poverty reduction in Cambodia in 2003.
- Organized regional and national consultation for NGO-Government and ADB cooperation policy 2003.
- Mapping of activities and project on gender and MDGs in Cambodia for UNIFEM, 2004- planning and implementing activities to build capacity, and advocacy to integrate gender into the planning and monitoring of the Cambodian MDGs 2005.
- Organized national consultation on Water Policy for ADB, 2005.
- Organized regional workshop on women participation in local governance and politic in partnership with FES (foundation from Germany) in 2006.
- Organized regional workshop on Social Indicators and Advocacy in partnership with Social Watch International in 2007.
- Develop training materials and curriculum to contextualize Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW, to Cambodia context in 2007.
- Partnered with PACT and VBNK to provide capacity development training and coaching to provincial NGOs in supporting their activities to commune counselors in 4 provinces: Kandal, Takeo, Prey Veng, and Svay Rieng. This partnership took place from Jan. 2006-March 2008.
- Partnered with Participatory Research Institute in Asia, India, Ateneo School of Government, Philippines, and the World Bank to develop capacity for civil society actors in social accountability through the Project to Enhance Capacity Social Accountability, PECSA for 2008 to 2009.
In 1999, SILAKA developed an ANGOC supported local capacity assessment report on local NGOs. In addition, SILAKA coordinated the Forum for Peace through Love and Compassion advocating for non violent and peaceful coexistence among all factions. From May to September 1999, SILAKA coordinated a campaign for a peaceful election nationwide during last year national election, involving over 70 organizations nationwide and started a peace network in 15 provinces. In 2001, SILAKA cooperate with the German Development agency, DED, in the development of the Metathor-Conflict Transformation Program (CTP) to build local capacity in conflict transformation in 32 villages in Kampong Thom and Svay Rieng, Cambodia. SILAKA also network with the regional grouping, SEACA, working for indigenous group capacity on advocacy. Moreover, SILAKA facilitated 15 local organizations to co host a regional festival parallel to the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh. Currently, SILAKA partners with UNIFEM and UNDP in providing advocacy and training program on Gender and MDG with major institutions in Cambodia. SILAKA also facilitated A successful 7 days learning groups on basic management and Robert Rules of Order to 140 youth and women political activists from the main political parties in Siemreap.