Mekong Citizen stories and discussions
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
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.
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.