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Restoring Microfinance as a Pro-Poor Development Tool

[singlepic id=9 w= h= float=center] Microfinance is a collection of financial services targeted towards poor and low-income clients to help stimulate income-producing activities, build assets, stabilise consumption, and protect against risks. In Cambodia, the microfinance sector has grown at a rapid pace over the last two decades leading to a significant increase in the delivery of financial services to the rural poor. While microfinance is designed to alleviate poverty and enhance economic development, increased competition between microfinance institutions (MFIs), many of which have a growing focus on profits, has led many to claim that the industry is suffering from ‘mission drift’. In particular, as the sector has struggled to expand the outreach of high-quality financial services, mic...

Destination Justice attends Open Data Day in Phnom Penh

On Saturday the 22nd of February, Destination Justice participated in Open Data Day to raise support for the adoption of open data policies that allow the use, reuse and redistribution of public information. The event organised by Open Knowledge Foundation gathered citizens from across the globe to demonstrate the utility of open data by liberating data, writing proposals, creating visualisations and publishing analyses of open data. The purpose of these presentations was to promote the wide sweeping benefits of democratising knowledge in various forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. In Phnom Penh, Destination Justice gathered at the event to share the benefits of providing free access to legal information in Cambodia. Preside...

Destination Justice signs an MoU with Transparency International Cambodia

On Monday 30 September 2013, Destination Justice and Transparency International Cambodia (TIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalising their commitment to collaborate in the areas of accountability, integrity, anti-corruption and legal reform. Transparency International, with an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, is the leading global civil society organisation fighting against corruption. It counts more than 90 chapters worldwide. The chapter in Cambodia was officially founded on 5 July 2010 and since then has been working with relevant national and international stakeholders including government, civil society, businesses, media and individuals to promote integrity and fight corruption in Cambodia. Destination Justice strongly advocates for better access to info...