Phnom Penh’s Relocation Sites and the Obliteration of Politics

Authored by: Giorgio Talocci , Camillo Boano

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837


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In a meeting held in May 2014, 1 the governor Pa Socheatvong dedicated a long time to illustrate the Municipality of Phnom Penh (MPP)’s apparent commitment to community development through their policy of upgrading urban poor settlements. Emphasis was placed on collaboration between the Municipality and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with a special mention (almost amounting to boasting) made about the involvement of an American NGO called People for Care and Learning (PCL). The words of the governor sounded bitterly surprising to us, having done research in the relocation site of Andong (Porsenchey district, Phnom Penh)—where the PCL was heavily involved in development— and having collected plenty of inhabitants’ skeptical statements about the organization’s actions and conduct.

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