CIPO exists to improve the well-being and rights of Indigenous Peoples (‘IP’) and to aid IP communities in sustainable development by strengthening IP’s sense of ownership to land and management of natural resources, supporting economic development, and aiding in the conservation of IP’s culture and traditions.
CIPO wants to see Indigenous Peoples (IP) with the capacity to pro-actively and responsibly promote their communities, living with dignity and as a permanent entity within the multicultural society of Cambodia.
Established and registered with Ministry of Interior on 30 June 2014, CIPO was born out of the desire to change the destiny of the Cambodian Indigenous Peoples Society to take charge on their culture and tradition and their customary rights to land and natural resources in their community as well as in Cambodia country.
CIPO is an IP-led organization that combines the best knowledge of IPs and Cambodian society context with the ability to creatively respond to the needs, for supports, of the IPs in Cambodia.
Recognizing the inseparable link between peoples and development, CIPO advocates for and supports the government of Cambodia to conduct IP census and produce report properly and to develop concrete strategy and plan to conserve and develop all IP communities in Cambodia.
Establish IPs Networks and Strengthen Collaboration
CIPO is an active member of the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA). We pay high attention to mobilize and establish IP networks and strengthen collaboration between stakeholder groups who share values and mission supporting the wellbeing of the IPs society.
Enabling and Developing IP Key Leaders:
CIPO believes in the capability of IPs, who have in-depth understanding of the local context, to take leading roles in order to make real and sustainable change to the IPs society.
CIPO builds and strengthens the capacity of IPs and its communities in order them have full capacity and confidence to participate in social dialogue and development activities as well as to serve other IPs and the whole society of Cambodia.