STT works to achieve its mission through two main programmes:


Mapping: to conduct community mapping with communities under threat if eviction with the aim of strengthening their tenure security and/or bargaining position vis-à-vis the authorities and/or developers.

Alternative Housing & Urban Planning (AHUP): to provide alternative pro-poor options to urban development plans using a participatory approach. Work with communities also includes tangible interventions such as clean water supply, sanitation, drainage, adequate road access.

Technical Research: To produce accurate and well-sourced data, surveys and mapping around urban issues that can be used as a reference point for evidence-based advocacy by communities, NGOs, donors, and researchers, as well as used by Government bodies.

Human Rights Based Spatial Planning (HRBSP): this joint project between People in Need (PIN) and STT is funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and Czech Development Agency. PIN is a Czech non-governmental organization providing relief and development assistance while working to defend human rights and democratic freedoms in over 20 countries. The project contributes to the development and consolidation of the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cambodia, through strengthening tenure security, the right to adequate housing and disaster risk reduction. The main elements of the HRBSP project include:

  • Development of inclusive spatial re-development plans to provide alternatives to the involuntary resettlement of urban poor dwellers in Phnom Penh, in line with existing Royal Government of Cambodia policies and regulations and  Cambodia’s international obligations.
  •  Mapping of natural and man-made hazards in Phnom Penh to propose series of structural and non-structural mitigation measures which reduce impacts and disasters and build resilience of urban poor communities.
  • Collaboration with academic institutions to support the formation of new generations of spatial planners in Cambodia.


Community: to support the freedom of expression of community activists by increasing their ability and providing the means for them to articulate their concerns both locally and internationally, as well as to strengthen local community networks through meetings, forums, training and exchanges.

Media: to present urban issues, with a particular focus on urban poor and the impact of development, from a pro-poor, rights-based perspective through gathering relevant information about urban developments through media tracking, networking, and regular contact with community activists and monitoring of community actions

Youth: to involve and inform both local and international young people about land, housing, and urban issues in Phnom Penh

ICT: to strengthening community activists by securing their access to computers, the internet, online tools and related training. Improving  STT’s research methods, evidence-based advocacy and increase STT’s and community activists’ on- and off-line safety/security in the urban sector.