Every six months the VBNK team conducts a progress monitoring survey for the SGD project to ensure that implementation went well and responded to the indicators set at the beginning. Monitoring activities were held in July 2018 in four provinces with four CNGOs partners, namely: Akphiwatstrey (AS) in Battambang, Ockenden in Banteay Meanchey, Neak Akphiwat Sahakkum (NAS) in Kampong Cham and Minority Organisation Development Economy (MODE) in Kampong Thom province. The monitoring showed great results. We have satisfactorily achieved all the indicators of the project. For example, CNGOs and CC/CCWC told us that they are confident to facilitate with the local government, line agencies and their citizens, to deal with the priority issues raised by the citizens in each commune. Most of the citizens actively participated in their community development activities, and are especially involved in monitoring the local government and line agencies’ uptake of issues that they have previously raised.
….” Before, even there was a shortage of the water supply canals, I was still waiting for the solution from CIP or from the other organizations. But after I joined the SGD, I have increased my ability to coordinate and inspire the people to actively participate in making the canal for rice planning during the dry season. Over the last 6 months, the citizens in Poy Char commune have harvested more than 80% of the rice which is an incredible increase on last year. Now most citizens do not force themselve to migrate to Thailand any more for their incomes as they return to do the rice field instead.….” said by a Commune Councilor at Poy Charm commune, Phnom Srok District, Banteaymeanchey Province.