Acronym: 
STT
Non Governmental organization

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut: a Cambodian Urban NGO

Vision

A society in which urban inhabitants enjoy adequate housing within a sustainability developing city.

Mission

To provide pro-poor technical assistance for housing and infrastructure and to inform dialogue and raise awareness about urban issues

Background

Phnom Penh based Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (‘STT’) was set up  in September 2005 and officially registered with the Ministry of Interior in December 2006. ‘Teang Tnaut’ means ‘Sugar Palm Leaf’ in Khmer and is used for house construction, thatch roofs, sugar and packaging. This icon of the Cambodian landscape evokes a simplicity and  usefulness which STT tries to reflect in its work with urban communities. From the outset STT has had a focus on  infrastructure upgrading but over the past decade many communities have been impacted by development-related land alienation and evictions. Because of this STT has strengthened its research and advocacy to draw attention to  a development policy that in Phnom Penh alone has led to 150,000 residents being displaced since 1990.  By supporting genuine community complaints and grievances STT and its partners have been  helping communities articulate their concerns to local and international media, donors and other NGOs & INGOs.

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut Resources

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Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2015
Cambodia

This brief provides an update on the status of Phnom Penh’s Boeung Tompun lake since approval was granted for private development in 2009. The brief outlines the lake’s role in reducing flooding, and provides case studies of five residents under threat of forced evictions. Includes a map of Boeung Tompun and key sites. Available in English and Khmer.

Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2014
Cambodia

This document provides a comprehensive list of Phnom Penh settlements under formal or informal threat of eviction. Data are provided on stated reasons for eviction, location features, and other factors. Includes maps showing affected areas.

Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2014
Cambodia

Since 1990, over 29,700 Cambodian families have been evicted or displaced from their homes in Phnom Penh. This document provides a list of evicted communities, collating information on year, settlement name, description of the event and numbers of households affected. Includes maps of displaced communities and relocation sites. Available in Khmer and English.

Reports & Research
December 2014
Cambodia

The report of a 2013 survey conducted to update previous research on urban poor settlements in the Phnom Penh and produce current maps of their locations. This report summarises the data collected, and provides analysis and recommendations for key stakeholders intended to help lead to positive outcomes for the urban poor. The study found 340 urban poor settlements in Phnom Penh. The research shows that the trend of a decreasing percentage of settlements in the inner Khans and a corresponding increase in outer Khan settlements has continued.

Reports & Research
December 2012
Cambodia

This report provides select findings of an extensive survey of relocation sites in and around Phnom Penh, conducted in 2011 and 2012. The aim of the report is to highlight some key issues facing residents at existing relocation sites, and provide recommendations for both improving existing sites and improving future relocation practices, in cases when relocation is considered unavoidable. The report follows a previous 2007 report ‘Relocation sites in Phnom Penh’.

Reports & Research
December 2012
Cambodia

This report is a review of city’s development paradigm, including an examination of urban services and infrastructure, the regulatory framework, mobility networks, major stakeholders, and key issues in the city's development. The authors argue that Phnom Penh stands at a crossroads. Ahead is the continuation of a “planned” development of the city first developed by the French and then adopted by the Sihanouk regime. To either side is the new “unplanned” approach, a path that already seems to be the favored choice.

Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2012
Cambodia

This report takes a snapshot look at how urbanisation is impacting three of Cambodia's secondary cities – Sihanoukville, Battambang, and Siem Reap – and, in particular, their urban poor settlements. The report is based on desk review and field research. The report provides information on history, urban planning, urban poor settlements and interventions for each city.

Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2011
Cambodia

This document provides data on families in Phnom Penh that have been displaced either through planned relocation or forced eviction, 1990-2011. Short case studies are provided on the 1990 Wat Sarawan relocation and the 2006 eviction from the Bassac riverfront area. A graph shows trends in displacement over time.

Reports & Research
December 2011
Cambodia

This report compares independently-gathered household data from four communities located along railroad tracks in Phnom Penh to data gathered by the Inter-Ministerial Resettlement Committee (IRC) in charge of the resettlement of households along the railways. Based on comparative data from 70 households, the report finds significant and widespread anomalies in the data gathered by the IRC. In the majority of cases, data collected by STT shows households are eligible to receive higher rates of compensation than those proffered by the IRC.

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