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...

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 ...

Ms Setsuko Yamazaki's Opening Remarks at National Workshop on the National REDD+ Strategy

During the past five years, the UN-REDD programme and the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have together provided technical and financial support for the Royal Government of Cambodia to become “ready” to implement REDD+ activities ...

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...

Better education and economic opportunities: Toward a life well-valued

With an average GDP growth of around seven percent in the last decade, Cambodia is much wealthier and has just become a Lower Middle-Income Country. But do people have enough to live the life they value? ...

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...

Leaving UNDP in Cambodia on the right pathway to relevance

Over the next three years, UNDP’s support will be critical in helping the Royal Government of Cambodia set institutions and systems in place for its structural change and transformation...

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.