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  • Cambodia


    Decades have passed since the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge and the terrible genocide of their own people. After years of reconstruction, however, Cambodia is now slipping straight into a new age of crisis. The economic boom of recent years has shamelessly enriched the upper class and influential people around the autocratic regime, while a large part of the population continues to live in poor conditions. Opposition parties and critical NGOs are being levered out or banned, as is the free press.

    The welfare of the people in Cambodia is not in the best interests of the people at the moment, human rights are in a very difficult situation.


    Phnom Penh
  • Myanmar (Burma)


    In the perception of the outside world, Burma (Myanmar) oscillates back and forth between a mysterious dream place and the scene of terrible internal conflicts. After the increasing opening of the country in the early 2000s, the conflict over the displaced Muslim ethnic group of the Rohingya - which some international organizations classify as genocide - now dominates the headlines. It is often forgotten that conflicts with other rebel groups within the country have been going on for decades.

    Even the reputation of the former bearer of hope and leader of the democracy movement, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is fading today. The dream of democracy seems to be shattered by the power of the military.


  • Laos


    Trapped between the economically flourishing countries of China, Vietnam and Thailand, Laos ekes out its existence as the poorest country in Asia. As a country with no access to the high seas and few natural resources, there is also little prospect of improvement. Although the state is trying to become the "battery of Southeast Asia" by generating electricity on the Mekong, this does little to help its own population. Like other Southeast Asian states, Laos is being overtaken economically by its big neighbour China, for example by the expansion of the Chinese mega infrastructure project "Belt and Road" Initiative.


  • Vietnam


    Bordering the Pacific Ocean to the far east, Vietnam is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia - and one of the most economically powerful. The country is still run by the Communist Party, but in recent years it has been pursuing a market economy course.

    Vietnam combines scenic extremes: from the mountainous region in the north with the adjacent world-famous Halong Bay and its picturesque karst cliffs down to the alluvial plains of the Mekong Delta and tropical islands in the south. Equally contrasting are the country's two largest cities, Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south, which is the country's industrial center.


  • Thailand


    From the foothills of the Himalayas down to the Malay Peninsula, Thailand is for many the epitome of Southeast Asia and one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is often forgotten that the one Thailand does not exist. While a growing middle class in Bangkok celebrates the image of a successful emerging market, other population groups (for example in the rather poorer northeast) are anything but on the rise.

    Corruption is a major problem in Thailand, as in the rest of Southeast Asia, but unfortunately it is part of everyday life. The rift between city and country has been accentuated not only since the politically turbulent period following the military coup against Thaksin Shinawatra.


  • Malaysia


    Malaysia is a colourful mix of different cultures and landscapes. Among the largest groups of inhabitants are the Chinese and the Indians, whose influence can be felt and seen in different corners of the country. Malaysia is also diverse in terms of religions, although Islam plays an important role. The country is politically and economically relatively stable - which is why our focus here lies on another matter: animal welfare.


    Kuala Lumpur

Current projects

  • Social

    Help for Joumban and Mae Seang

    Two elephants, which could be freed in the golden triangle, now live in Xayaboury. Make a donation to the Elephant Conservation Center now to help cover the running costs of the animals.

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  • Education

    IT for Laos 3.0

    We are equipping the Laotian primary schools with computers - help now to carry out the third tranche of our major project.


2022: Back in Southeast Asia at last

After two and a half long years, we were finally able to feel Southeast Asian soil under our feet again in spring 2022, albeit with geographical restrictions.

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You can’t furlough an elephant: How Laos’ ECC is surviving the COVID crisis

What would you do if revenues dried up but you had dozens of elephants to look after? The Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) in Sayaboury, Laos faced this situation as COVID-19 lockdowns and travel bans bit in March 2020. ECC founding partner Sébastien Duffillot shares what they did.

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