The Khmer Nation Building Conference (KNBC) organization was initiated in 2013 by Sovannpiseth Thong and Nymeth Ung as the first cross-country initiative between Khmer organizations from all over Europe. The aim of the project is to help connecting Khmer organizations and individuals through information sharing, joint projects and pieces of work; the status of the three defined key indicators (Human Rights, transition to democracy and socio-economical development) for Cambodia should also be reviewed in order to understand the current status on those and identify improvement actions.
The KNBC committee is acting for the above as an independent and politically neutral organization.
Within a decade a large number of initiatives have been started all over Europe and the US in order to support or help the people in need in Cambodia. Yet there is currently no joint projects or proper communication established between those organizations and individuals - As a result the KNBC conference was set up in order to gather organizations from different places and countries for the purpose of promoting their activities and competences, connect skills and people, minds and goals, share experiences and views and where necessary identify joint projects or possible collaborations.
As understanding the actual social, political, economic and ecological status of the country has sometimes proven to be genuinely difficult, the aim of the conference is also to help to get more clarity on this by establishing a clear view on those (Baseline) collecting and discussing recent updates provided by the partners.
Common projects or actions should arise from the work carried out of the conference (see Projects section below).
The KNBC committee believes that communication and collaboration is the key to success - As our motto says : “If you want to walk fast, walk alone; If you want to walk far, walk together.”
We use the Theory of Change methodology (also known as logic model) in order to structure the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the results. This methodology relies on a few components : Goal, Objectives, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact. Each component listed has a counterpart : Outputs are the results of Activities at short-term, Outcomes derive from Objectives (middle-term) and Impact will be produced from Goal (long-term).
Living in Zurich, Switzerland, he is educated in Finance and Banking. Before he has settled down in nonprofit sector Sovannpiseth gained professional experiences in hotel business school and construction industry. Since 2011 he has worked for different large Swiss NGOs and INGO and has finally committed to international development cooperation. His extra-professional background is co-founding NewSKG in 2010 (formerly presiding) and KNBC in 2013 (Chairman), also an affiliate member of the board of Khmer Culture Center Switzerland. The last 6 years he has invest a lot in networking and implementing projects/programs. Further Sovannpiseth has finished a post-graduate study and various advanced courses at CEPS University of Basel, ETH Zurich and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Based in Paris, France, Nymeth has a Master in Information Systems and has been working for the past few years as a Project Manager in the Information Services industry. He has excellent analytical and technical skills and profound knowledge of methodology. His main insterests are travelling for work or leisure, working out and keeping fit (bouldering, starting boxing soon!), playing music - with his band and in other musical projects; he likes to learn new things and experiment and is appreciated for his determination, management skills and knowledge.
Having spent the first 20 years of his life in East Germany, in 2008 Michael joined a development aid project focusing on food security, improvement of livelihood and sustainable management of natural resources in the Central Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. During that time, he became concerned with the everyday practices of politics as well with the mechanisms of urban development in Phnom Penh. Between 2010 and 2016 he delved into these aspects while studying at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Tongji University Shanghai; at the former, he completed a master's degree in urban studies. Michael is currently living in Berlin and recently joined the preparatory service in the field of urban development (“Technisches Referendariat”). Still being passionate about Cambodian culture, he is well-connected to Khmer communities in different parts of Germany, actively supporting their various activities.
Our selected and invited partners during the conferences, events or for the joint projects of KNBC can be either organizations of all scopes and sizes (currently from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America) or individuals (e.g. guest lecturers, filmmakers, representatives from associations and political parties, etc.). Each member makes a valuable contribution to the KNBC network by sharing knowledge, skills and methodology with others and by designing and implementing new projects in close collaboration. The complete list with all the partner names stays for the sake of personal privacy confidential.
The list of the currently KNBC-supported projects is as below:
The purpose of this project is to define a baseline (what) on various indicators (economics/human rights/democratization ...) for Cambodia, then to assess the reasons for this (why) and finally propose actions for improvement (how and when). This involves constant research work and discussions with orgs and individuals in order to provide an objective, non-biased view of the status for those key indicators.
The goal of this set of activities is to collate basic information on all organizations (and particular individuals) which are taking continous actions for the benefit of Cambodia (with their consent). Those are cultural associations, Cambodian language schools and various leaders, just to mention a few. Having those individuals and organizations on a map and for each, knowing what their activities and goals are will help connecting skills and human ressources for better collaboration.
A conference is organized and hosted yearly in Paris by the KNBC team and consists of four parts: the conference itself, the periodic review, an open forum and the workshop session. The usual agenda goes as below (Click on a section name to display the full text):
The KNBC Website is now officially live - You'll find here all information and news about the KNBC initiative, along with the details for the upcoming and past conferences. Stay tuned for more updates !
The third KNBC conference is being scheduled - invitations will be issued to the participants in the next couple months including date, location of the venue and agenda. We look forward to see you all soon !
We are currently reviewing the minutes and output for the first two conferences and hope to be able to share those with you soon on knbc.eu !
We are recruiting a new board member who will help with the KNBC projects.
The main responsibilities are desk research, event planning and networking with our stakeholders. We expect strong commitment and good analytical skills.
If you are interested please contact us using the information below !