Public debates: Rural communities speak out

Public debate on public service delivery and safe migration

Villagers join a public debate on public service delivery and safe migration (Photo: K.James)

The Women’s Media Center of Cambodia (WMC) conducted several public debates in the countryside in order to give rural communities a space to express their concerns and discuss them with public officials. Previously, the low price of rice, unemployment and poor public service delivery had been identified as the most pressing problems of the villagers. WMC invited public officers, community representatives and villagers to take part in a dialogue in order to improve access to information.

The public debates were aired on FM 102, the community radio station run by WMC. Data, which had been analyzed and visualized during the data journalism training, was presented during the debates for better understanding.

Read here how this data helped to improve the living conditions of Cambodian rice farmers in Battambang province. WMC also produced a video covering one of the public fora which focused on service delivery:

Women´s Media Center: Improving access to information for safe migration, 12’34”

Also listen to the radio-shows that WMC aired as a follow-up in order to check whether promises made during the debates were kept (in Khmer language).

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