FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
The development of Sithi.org came as Cambodia was suffering – as it still does – from a systemic disregard for human rights while decentralized bureaucratic processes meant that the development sector was increasingly stagnating due to a domination of established large NGOs. In 2008, CCHR implemented the Database Project, designed to streamline and improve the ways in which CSOs in Cambodia monitor, document and use information on human rights. This project was the inspiration behind Sithi.org, as CCHR saw an opportunity through a human rights portal to move towards a decentralized, specialized and collaborative approach resulting in more research and analysis, more innovative ideas for policy, legislative and structural changes. The idea behind the project is to encourage civil society organisations and others working on human rights in Cambodia to be more collaborative and therefore effective, and to increase awareness and understanding of human rights in Cambodia in order to mobilize action.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
Sithi.org's greatest social impact to date has been its systemic facilitation of inter-NGO cooperation and innovation in Cambodia. As noted above, trend maps from the site have been used by numerous NGOs for advocacy work on land grabbing, corruption and social land concessions. Improving data and analysis sharing within the NGO community also enabled CCHR to partner with 16 other organizations in 2010 to release a widely-reported joint civil society study of freedom of expression entitled "Cambodia Gagged: Democracy at Risk?” A vibrant, informed and systematically cooperative civil society will greatly benefit all Cambodian citizens.
Furthermore, Sithi.org has greatly increased the overall availability of information on human rights issues in Cambodia. By September 14, 2011, Sithi.org had received over 261,844 visitors. The human rights portal has been accessed not only in Cambodia but also across the world, including from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Germany and Singapore, among others.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
We want to increase the amount of information available – spanning the panoply of human rights set out in Cambodian and international law. The ultimate goal is that all the information that is needed in researching human rights issues in Cambodia will be available under Sithi,org’s roof. In May 2011, for example, Sithi Project staff met with SEACeM staff to share their experiences administering a human rights web portal. In addition, Sithi.org has been incorporated into the South-East Asia human rights portal. With information about human rights violations across South-East Asia now available on one portal.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
ncrease the amount of information on human rights in Cambodia is on the portal to make it a one stop shop
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
help empower Cambodian citizens though information sharing to demand greater respect for human rights in the 2012 elections