Mekong Citizen stories and discussions

Mr. Sam Sovann, executing director of Northeastern Rural Development organization explains about the geography of the Mekong River in Kratie province to staff from Oxfam and Cambodia Disabled People's Organization during a visit to Boeung Char commune.

People Living with Disabilities Speak Up

People living with Disabilities (PWD) used to be given less opportunity to speak up in meetings due to either their shyness, or because the organizers seemed to forget to involve them in any activities, according to Thae Khamkhorn, a female farmer whose livelihood depends on the Sekong River. However, it is changed now, thanks to Oxfam’s Inclusion project and concerned advocacy partners.

Our River…, Our Life…

Plans to build dams on the Salween River by the Burma government, China and Thailand threatens millions of villagers and animals that depend on the free flowing river for their living, food sources and as a vital transport link.

From Grassroots to the Boardroom

How a Mining Company and an Indigenous Community Are Working Together to Improve Development

Gender Inclusion in Water Governance

The plan to dam Asia’s last free-flowing international river

Mory, Thavin and Kanitha (left to right) during the youth matching Oxfam's Youth Summit on Inequality in Canada

Youth’s Power to Fight Inequality

Three young people from the Mekong region are excited to attend the upcoming Global Youth Summit on Inequality as part of the 2016 World Social Forum.

The pathways for gender equity and women’s leadership in water governance

How One Small Group is Giving Communities the Power to Change the Future

Representatives from Governments and Civil Society Organizations around the Mekong Region are working together to improve public participation in infrastructure development. The results, participants believe, could change the future of the region.

Active and Engaged: Indigenous Women Make Their Voices Heard with Cambodian Mining Company

Women – especially indigenous women – are often the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of development projects. Socheat Penh from Mekong Partnership for the Environment shares the story of Sok Sreymom, an indigenous woman in Cambodia who is turning that vulnerability into active engagement with a mining company. MPE partner Development Partnership in Action (DPA) helps communities engage in Environmental Impact Assessment processes. And Sreymom’s community is a vivid example of how active engagement can minimize harms and improve outcomes – especially for indigenous women.

Women and the Mekong: A Collective Voice

The ecological, social and spiritual effects of rapid hydropower dam development on indigenous communities along the Lower Mekong River has been causing concern amongst indigenous women in Cambodia.

Delta’s double dose: drought and salination

This photoblog explores the effect of the drought on Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

Mega Dams on the Thanlwin

“The Salween is one of the last great rivers of the region that has still not yet been dammed." Should the construction of mega dams, for energy export, be allowed to impact this river and the landscapes and community that surround it?