The Process and Barriers to Establishing an NGO in Cambodia

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“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist”
¬¬ -- Friedrich Nietzsche--.

The quote by Friedrich Nietzsche, could be in the thoughts of any nongovernmental organization (NGO) attempting to expand globally and establish an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) in Cambodia. The service for improvement of natural resources and environmental management by providing clean water through INGO’s is desperately needed in developing countries. However, not all countries especially Cambodia are easy to infiltrate due to barriers to entry, barriers to operational activities, and barriers to resources put up by legal blockades. The challenges of an INGO in providing the natural resource of water is not just in filtering out the contamination of diseases, but filtering out the legal obstacles that contaminate their efforts also.
Barriers to Entry
Entrance into the nonprofit organization society within the borders of Cambodia is not as easy as it appears. Three large legal barriers to entry exist before any INGO can be established inside of the borders of Cambodia.

The first hurdle the legal barrier to entry is registering the INGO with the Ministry of Interior (MOI). The registration process can be difficult due to the large amounts of legal documentation that is required by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), all of which are written in the native language of Khmer. The Khmer language is not often spoken by any culture outside of Cambodia; therefore, if the applying INGO is not fluent in Khmer, it may be in the organization’s best interest to invest in a local Khmer speaking individual to translate. The INGO should keep in mind the need tobe p...

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...ancially, they are gambling away and destroying the benefits for the citizens that the INGOs bring. A developing country that places politics and greed ahead of the needs of their people is a country that will not advance in society from the developing level any time in the near future. The INGO’s mission is to fill gaps in government social and economic policies. The RGC would benefit from practicing the American phrase, “do not bite the hand that feeds you.”

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