New Tool: Avoiding Forced Evictions – A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy (Cambodian Edition)

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(Phnom Penh / Asheville, October 13, 2015) – IDI and Equitable Cambodia are pleased to launch a new training resource for the defense of land and housing rights.  Avoiding Forced Evictions: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy aims to help communities prepare for negotiations with private companies or government authorities seeking to take their land and/or evict them from their homes.  The guide seeks to address the radically asymmetrical power relations in these sorts of negotiations by situating negotiation within a broader advocacy strategy. Through case studies and interactive exercises, this four-day course guides facilitators to teach important principles and skills to strengthen the negotiation capability of leaders and representatives of communities facing forced displacement.

These principles and skill-sets include:

  • Understanding the importance of information gathering about the interests of the community and the other party.
  • Actor-mapping.
  • Using standards in negotiation (laws, rights, best practices, market price, etc.).
  • Thinking about options for negotiated settlement.
  • Understanding the Zone of Possible Agreement (ZOPA) and strategies for first offers.
  • Knowing when and how to use advocacy in negotiation.
  • Understanding the importance of preparation and developing a negotiation strategy.

The first edition of the guide has been developed for the Cambodian context and is available in Khmer and English.  A second edition of the guide for a broader Southeast Asian context is currently under development and is expected to be published in 2016.

Download PDFs:
 Avoiding Forced Evictions:  A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy – Facilitator’s Edition (English, Khmer)
 Avoiding Forced Evictions:  A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy – Participant’s Edition (English, Khmer)

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