Leadership journeys and outcomes of Civic Champions Program in rural Cambodia

Tum Nhim, Long Heng Orng, Adrien Stehly, Panhaka Nou, Sodany Saing

Pumping in dry season. Photo credit DFAT, Flickr 2013
Image: Pumping in dry season. Photo credit DFAT, Flickr 2013

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Whether programmes that aim to build better government leaders can work.

  • How do participants of the Civic Champions program leverage local cultures, values, and ideas in their developmental leadership strategies for sanitation promotion to maximise results in the form of latrine uptake?
  • How do participants of the Civic Champions program differ from other commune councillors in terms of resources, leadership capacities, self-efficacy, and sanitation promotion strategies?
  • How do participants of the Civic Champions program, as positive outliers, differ from other commune councillors in terms of their leadership journeys and motivations to pursue developmental change?

WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN

Whether an innovative leadership development programme run by a local NGO is helping deliver better developmental leaders, and what mix of support is necessary to build a pathway for future government leaders.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project examines an innovative leadership development program in rural Cambodia – WaterSHED’s Civic Champions program. The program does not seek out individuals who appear to have 'leadership potential' – elected officials must apply in order to join and pay to participate.

The project examines the contribution the program makes to leaders’ resources, capacity, and self-efficacy. But also how these individuals found their way into leadership positions and what motivated them to pursue change against the odds. By examining these ‘positive outliers’ and comparing their leadership journeys to other leaders who appear not to exhibit the same degree of political will, we can learn valuable lessons about what mix of support is necessary to facilitate the pathway to developmental leadership for future leaders.

We want to know what contribution the Civic Champions program has made to enhancing leaders’ resources, capacities, and self-efficacy, but we also need to understand how these individuals found their way into leadership positions and what motivated them to pursue change against the odds.

Tum Nhim, Principal Investigator

WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE?

Tum Nhim, WaterSHED
Lin Lu, WaterSHED
Long Heng Orng, WaterSHED
Adrien Stehly, WaterSHED
Sodany Saing, WaterAid
Panhaka Nou, WaterAid

COUNTRY

Cambodia

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TIMELINE

April 2020 - April 2021

NEWS

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Tum Nhim

Tum Nhim

Research and Learning Manager, WaterSHED Asia

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Long Heng Orng

Long Heng Orng

Social Researcher and Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, WaterSHED Asia

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Adrien Stehly

Adrien Stehly

Quantitative Researcher, WaterSHED Asia

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Panhaka Nou

Panhaka Nou

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator, WaterAid

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Sodany Saing

Sodany Saing

Learning, Effectiveness and Communications Manager, WaterAid Cambodia

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