Southeast Asia Development Program (SADP)

Southeast Asia Development Program (SADP) is a responsible and innovative grant maker that supports inclusive development and a healthy environment in Southeast Asia and beyond. We work towards the emergence of strong civil societies in the region in which all people have the power to effect change.

SADP is headquartered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and has a US501c3 public charity status. We were founded in 1994, but from 2013 have adopted the role of an intermediary funder. As such, we are a lean grant maker and only spend 7% of our overheads for management and fundraising.

SADP has an intimate understanding of Southeast Asian countries and their specific development needs and challenges. We continually look for ways to operate more effectively and collaboratively to maximize our positive impact and contribution to the common good.

We are proud to be the intermediary funder in Cambodia for the McKnight Foundation, a well-respected, philanthropic foundation based in Minnesota, USA.

We currently support some 20 partner organizations in Cambodia and a suite of programs that focus on achieving inclusive development through grounded grassroots approaches at community level, coupled with community organizing and movement building at trans-local and transnational levels. We also provide capacity support to strengthen the organizational structures of our partners.

Through these innovative, mutually reinforcing approaches we strive to support the transformational change required to tackle inequity and create responsible and lasting change where no one is left behind.

Also, while the root causes of inequality in Southeast Asia increasingly lie outside of the sovereign borders of each country, SADP is working to forge new strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that share a commitment to global social change. We see this as important to deepening its impact in Cambodia and in the region as we expand grant making into other countries in Southeast Asia.

We also intentionally work collaboratively with other funders in the region to help bring about a shift in philanthropic practice.