History of CIPO

History of CIPO

Identity logo and Stamp

UN symbol C.I.P.O and shaped as turtles Bunong’s house, Scythian Kreung community located on the ground with other crops and natural forest are protected and respected thoroughly. Seal of the CIPO circular entire two floors and has 34 mm in a semicircle the top twelve names of organizations, the Khmer language in places circular section below the names of organizations in English and between inscription both image and flower moon aisle within the inside of the symbol of the organization in abbreviated as English that C.I.P.O and use the terms green.


CIPO perceives that IP issues, in Cambodia, exist in a complex development environment. We need to see the whole picture2 before deciding on change direction we want to make. Our understanding on current IPs and the Cambodian development contexts are set in Appendix 1. Our programs approach focuses on concrete actions that enhance the IP’s sense of ownership and empower them to take lead on the development initiative that bring endure change and social inclusion to the IP communities. We forge deep and trusting relationships to help IPs come to terms with change and take positive action in line with their values. 

Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization

At A Glance

Ms. Yun Mane, founder and executive director of CIPO, is a Bunong ethnic from Mondulkiri province. Co-founder of CIPO, Mr. Sek Sophorn (former National Coordinator of ILO-ITP from May 2005 – June 2015), is a Cambodian who has great experience related to law and Indigenous People affairs. Three other important people who have joined CIPO since its inception include Ms. Chan Pich Neary, Ms. Lat Sokem and Mr. Phai Sovanna. The Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) was established and registered with Ministry of Interior on 30 June 2014 (SOR CHOR NOR No. 1352).

Official name

      The organization  is called in English language as Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization shorthand that “C.I.P.O”.

At the same time, we work to provide the best conditions that create space and resources for them to realize changes and social inclusion that will make a positive different to lives.

We are opened for partnership, with others, in order to scale out interventions to achieve maximum impact.

Our in-depth understanding of the local, national and global context allows us to work effectively to deliver real and sustainable change to the IP society. We draw on a diverse range of methodologies we can deploy flexibly to achieve impact. These include: advocating for IPs census and developing IPs center, facilitating the community formation; creating networks and collaboration between stakeholder groups; enabling and developing IPs key leaders; building and strengthening the IPs capacity; and coordinating IPs access to legal assistance. This is all offered within a framework that allows CIPO to develop tailored interventions to meet the needs of the IP communities.
We demonstrate our attention to program quality and learning through conducting strategic review and program evaluation studies.

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