Cambodia’s new Environmental Codes and power of collaborative management

Sao Theang steers his boat through the waters in and around the mangrove forest of Preynub, close to Sihanouk Ville on the Cambodian coast. It’s beautiful scenery and Theang tells us he hopes tourist numbers will start to pick up. As the Head of Chumpu Khmao Community Fishery, he and his community already make a good living from shrimp, fish, mussels and other plentiful aquaculture...

Value chains and commodity prices: getting cassava out of the red and into the black

Cassava farming was never for rich farmers. But at least last year the average price for fresh root at farm was 3.5 cents a kilo. There was hope it would get back into profit at 4.4 cents. It’s now down to 2.6 cents. So why do famers bother? Part of the answer is the famers are in fact seasonal migrant workers, either inside the country or to the neighboring countries such as Thailand. They leave the cassava in the ground for around 10 months to fetch what price it gets when they come home. Unlike rice, it doesn’t take much care during its growing period and cultivation...

Impact hub and UNDP announce international finalists of ACCELERATE2030 scaling programme

Together, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub are excited to announce the international finalists of the Accelerate2030 initiative. Accelerate2030 is a cross-border scaling program for positive social and environmental impact launched by Impact Hub Geneva in 2016 with UNDP as the founding partner. The mission of Accelerate2030 is to scale the impact of ventures that contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to help them develop sustainable corporate culture in line with their values...

Youth, we have the capacity and potential to achieve peace

My name is Athika, a 22-year-old university student and a journalist. My dream is to see people living in peace, happiness and hope. Even though I come from a poor family, as a youth I persist in seeking peace for my society. By participating in different fields of social work, I try to show other young people that we have the capacity and potential to achieve peace...

Enhancing the economic and social impact of special economic zones

UNDP and the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It serves as the very first agreement under the new United Nations Social Impact Fund on the establishment of partnerships between UNDP and social impact investors in the country to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030…

A sustainable kitchen, for people and planet

We have a pretty good idea of what’s good for us to eat – even if we can’t always resist temptation. But what’s good for the planet? How do our food choices affect the world around us?

Remittances: Does 16 June ring a bell?

In a country such as Cambodia, it is a day that provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on the impact of migrant labour, and how this very 21st century phenomenon is transforming the lives of so many people...

Will dreams come true?

Family remains the main safety net, in both economic and spiritual terms, for young people, but it is up to the government and other stakeholders to ensure inequalities and risks in all forms are mitigated to allow young people to grow, to keep learning skills, to explore opportunities and, most important of all, to earn respect and dignity from their work. After all, Cambodia’s and its youth’s dreams are symbiotic: to become better off before growing old...

Environment Code will constitute an important legal milestone for Cambodia's sustainable development

The United Nations of Development Programme has been a committed partner with the Ministry of Environment and the National Council for Sustainable Development, in supporting their national effort for implementing key environmental governance reforms including the Environment Code. Once fully achieved, the Environment Code will constitute an important milestone in building the legal framework, policies and programs supportive of sustainable development throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia...

Message from the Country Director

Our future financing, like in India, China, Malaysia and elsewhere, will gradually move to domestic financing, and away from aid, so it’s even more important that we ensure we can provide the policy support that the Government demands...

10 SDG Solutions for Asia-Pacific

Entitled “10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs,” the report describes large-scale projects in ten countries in the region – Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – that have demonstrably accelerated progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

Who will finance development in Cambodia?

The Government is well positioned to lead and finance the next stage of national development. Managing partnerships with the private sector will be of increased importance while Cambodia’s development partners and NGOs will need to adapt to new roles in support of the SDGs...

Country Programme Document (CPD) for Cambodia 2016 - 2018

To expand the scope for public action, UNDP will focus assistance on public institutions for poverty reduction and resilience and on strengthening voice and participation. The focus will be on upgrading value chains, financing development sustainably, building resilience and fostering participation. An important tool will be fostering partnerships in the context of transition.

Financing Cambodia's Gender Equality Goals

It requires an innovative and well-coordinated effort between MoWA, other state institutions, development partners, private sector, and civil society organizations to align their programs to national priorities, to mobilize and pull together both financial resources and technical expertise, and to make systematic gender mainstreaming in their other development projects with sufficient funds allocated.