About Us

The International Friendship Development Organization (IFDO) was founded in 1994 to help rural households in Tramkok District, Takeo Province, Cambodia support themselves by responsibly managing their own resources.

IFDO has a board of directors and experienced field and administrative staff – comprised of three women and five men – all are non-paid but dedicated volunteers who were born, reared, and live in Tramkok.

Registered with the Ministry of Council, our organization is non-governmental, non-political, independent, and neutral.  

From 2006 to 2012, IFDO secured the partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in providing welfare services to the Montagnards and urban refugees housed in Phnom Penh by providing food, shelter, health-care, education and vocational training. A total of 1,018 refugees were served. IFDO also provided supplies and materials for refugees repatriated to Vietnam as part of the services.

From our research, we know that poverty reduction must be our first priority but one activity will not resolve it. IFDO therefore has initiated diverse programs to meet the most critical needs of the people we serve. These include the improvement of rural household incomes, agriculture, health, nutrition, sanitation, infrastructure building, plus education and training.

The most critical needs of the communities we serve are:

  • food security, climate change adaptation, and skills for income generation for poor women and their families;
  • awareness on gender awareness and violence against women and girls, so that they will not become victim of domestic violence within their community;
  • to increase women’s ability and self-confidence.
  • Safe Migration and Reduced Trafficking ,
  • clean water, sanitation and health;
  • advocacy for women’s and children’s rights and refugee’s rights (providing medical care, food and non-food distribution, and social protection);
  • cash incentives to children/ families for enrolling in school regularly.;
  • skills training, English class

Board of Directors

IFDO’s Board of Directors is composed of three to five members and the Executive Director sits as an ex-officio member. Board members can be representatives of local NGOs, international NGOs, government officials, staff or experts from relevant institutions.

The functions of the Board are: to set policy and strategy; to empower and provide the Executive Committee with direction; and to monitor the management, activities, and finances of the organization.

All board members must be volunteers, supportive and motivated by the vision, goal and activities of IFDO. The current members of the Board are listed on Section 11 of this manual.

Executive Commitee

IFDO’s Executive Committee is composed of 5 members:
1. Executive Director
2. Admin and Finance Manager
3. Program Managers (2)

The Executive Committee meets every month to discuss the matters of IFDO. The Executive Director may also call for an emergency meeting anytime.

The tasks of the IFDO Executive Committee include the following:
1) Prepares strategic plans, project plans, and budgets;
2. Plans and implements evaluation of project activities;
3. Hiring and firing of staff;
4. Plans and implements human resource capacity building and staff development of its staffs.

The IFDO Executive Committee makes decisions by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, the Committee may vote.