Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD) was established in 1997 (and formally
registered in 1998) as a local non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization,
working with urban women groups to develop their capacity, empower them to address
their issues, and to secure their rights and livelihoods. During the course of its actions,
UPWD supported to establish local structure called People Organization for Community
Development (POCD) and developed their capacity overtime to take ownership in
addressing community’s problems in a sustainable manner.


UPWD is a community development organization focusing on vulnerable women,
children and youths in urban slum areas.


UPWD envisions “a society where Cambodian people enjoy their improved living
conditions, and live with dignity”



UPWD’s mission is to empower vulnerable women, children and youth in urban
slum areas to achieve self-reliant community development through community
organizing, strengthening capacity of communities and community-based
organizations, and supporting their right and livelihood related activities.


Concerns and needs of vulnerable women, children and youths in urban slum
areas are supported, considered, and positively responded from relevant
stakeholders, and thus, their living conditions improved.

Core Values

UPWD believes in:

1. Gender equality
2. Cooperation and partnership
3. Teamwork
4. Transparency and accountability
5. Continuous learning