Building the foundations for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Cambodia

If the returns to labour are to be increased, Cambodia will need to diversify the economy providing productive employment opportunities for the 275,000 youths reaching the working age population annually (ILO, 2008). It also needs to make agriculture more productive to provide higher returns to labour to young people who would remain employed in rural jobs. Lastly, there is a need to enhance long-term savings to build-up financial assets and strengthen household resilience and set the foundations for inclusive and sustainable economic growth...

Escaping the 'Middle Income Trap' by Investing in Human Capital

As Cambodia crosses the threshold into the middle income country category, government intervention in education is highly justified and desirable to avoid the so called ‘Middle Income Trap’ also called ‘low skills trap’ by ...

Remarks by Ms Setsuko Yamazaki at the Official Launch of the Environmental Governance Reform (EGR) Project

Through the development of an Environmental Code, the reform is expected to provide overarching principles and a legal framework to guide implementation of existing laws, in order to achieve sustainable natural resource management and development. Through the support for the integrated ecosystem mapping, existing data on environment and development will be consolidated to assist national level land use planning and decisions for sustainable landscape management...

It's time to move towards environmental sustainability

To attain environmental sustainability and sustain Cambodia’s path to development, it is therefore more than timely that the government has recently decided to initiate an environmental governance reform...

UNDP and Global Initiatives to co-organise Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2016

We are delighted to announce that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be working together with Global Initiatives, as co-organisers for the 5th annual Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, held once again at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 22 - 24 November 2016.

Water: Fewer Drops for Increasing Different Demands

But the term ‘gold’ should also be used for another important resource in Cambodia — water. Water is central to agricultural production including paddy rice, through the expansion of irrigation...

Human capital upgrading in Cambodia: Learning from the East Asian Experience, by Napoleon Navarro

It would be tempting to think that Cambodia would need to invest in human capital first before reaping the benefits in terms of economic well-being. Fortunately, the East Asian experience shows that this wasn’t the case. The upgrading of human capital and economic and industrial upgrading wasn’t pursued in a simple linear fashion. Take the three countries mentioned earlier: all countries pursued human capital upgrading and economic and industrial upgrading almost simultaneously. Whether through active targeting of industrial sectors (Korea and Malaysia), following market forces (Thailand) or fostering domestic enterprises (Korea), all these countries ensured that the education and training system met the requirements of economic and industrial upgrading, facilitated the expansion of decent employment and encouraged the progressive investment in human capital...

Development finance: how much does Cambodia need and where will it come from?

Despite its reclassification as a Lower Middle-Income Country, Cambodia’s transition from a Least Developed Country will take perhaps another ten years while its human asset and economic vulnerability indices remain within the LDC category..

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.

2015 Human Development Report: Work for Human Development

The 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’ examines the links, both positive and negative, between work and human development in a rapidly changing world of work.