Articles and OpEds
Accelerate2030: Scaling ventures in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
Jul 25, 2017
Three startups are launched every second in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. That’s 11000 an hour. Some focus on extracting petroleum, others on creating solar panels. Plenty build new apps or tech and want to find their niche in Silicon Valley. But what can be said about the small ventures in developing countries, trying to make a positive impact in their communities or country? Every second 3 startups are created. How many of them aim only to serve the people of their community, to make a difference in protecting the environment? But most importantly, who is helping these positive ventures grow? The leading factors for failure are often lack of experience and incompetence, so who is helping...
Does 16 June ring a bell?
Jun 16, 2017
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...
Connect with nature and free your mind
Jun 5, 2017
If we spend some time connecting with nature and with communities who depend on those natural resources, we can free our minds, and come back with a deeper appreciation of our fragile natural world. Cambodia is full of natural wonders: celebrate this World Environment Day and make that connection...
Just follow the money: radical shifts in development finance
May 22, 2017
There is good reason to be confident that the government can mobilise the required funds to finance the next stage of the country’s development. By working closely with partners, polices and institutions can be strengthened to ensure that all sources of finance contribute to maintaining Cambodia’s high level of growth and increased well-being.
UNDP releases new cookbook with climate-resilient recipes
Apr 4, 2017
UNDP has launched a new cookbook looking at how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries and how communities are adapting their traditional recipes to survive...
How Aid Now Works and Why It Still Matters
Mar 3, 2017
Our experts are helping countries plan, budget and implement projects they are funding themselves. In Pakistan we are helping the government embed the sustainable development goals in its plans and budget. Pakistan is committing its own resources to creating jobs and providing access to clean water and quality education. This creates positive and long-lasting change with benefits beyond the country’s borders...
More women need to be included in the political process
Feb 13, 2017
In light of the coming local elections this year and the national election in 2018, we urge all participating political parties to adopt and implement policies and procedures that promote greater equality among women and men, particularly in decision-making structures, on political party lists and in funding the campaign of women candidates. A political system that includes women, at the top as well as at the grass roots level, is one that better represents all Cambodians.
Building the foundations for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Cambodia
Oct 19, 2016
In summary, 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...
Human capital upgrading in Cambodia: Learning from the East Asian Experience
Sep 8, 2016
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...
Better education and economic opportunities: Towards a life well-valued
Jul 12, 2016
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? How much is enough and how can it be measured?