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Your ability to innovate is critical for the COVID-19 response

A frog in a pot of water is relaxing in peace. If we heat the pot slowly, the frog will continue to relax in the water, oblivious to the increasing temperature until it is too late. On the other hand,…  


Dovetailing disasters: how COVID-19 is compounding risk for Cambodian communities

It’s the word of the month, and quite likely the decade – COVID-19. It’s a health crisis on the scale never before seen by our generation – a crisis with far-reaching and profound consequences for the…  


A Stronger Experiment for Single-Use Alternative Straws

Our ability to implement the best solution to a development challenge is often slowed down by the assumptions we hold. How do we move past our existing beliefs to ensure we are selecting the most…  


How do we improve human capital in Cambodia’s accounting and audit sector?

We often overlook weak signals of changes taking place in the world that pose both significant challenges and opportunities for development. The 7% growth rate of Cambodia’s economy in 2019, for…  


United Nations Development Programme report first step in developing drought indicators for Cambodia

Between 1987 and 2017, there were six major drought events recorded in Cambodia.  


Engineering Development Solutions at UNDP Cambodia

A few weeks ago I was a mentor for a UN Women event called Innovation 4 Impact (i4i) that brought together 70 amazing women and girls from Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, and Myanmar to discuss gender…  


Preparing Youth for a New Future of Work

Two thirds of Cambodia’s total population are under the age of 30 (UNFPA 2016). The unemployment rate of the working population (age 15-64) is very low, at 0.2 percent for women and 0.3 percent for…  


Sleepwalking Through Climate Action

Every day a single copy of the local newspaper the Phnom Penh Post makes a long journey through my office at UNDP Cambodia. It arrives on the Resident Representative’s desk, is then passed to the…  


Moving closer to dumping plastic straws

Plastic straws are probably older than most of us reading this blog  


Women Changing the World: What Happens When You Combine Disaster Risk Management and Gender Equality

Four women sat at the table, each from a different part of the Kampot or Pursat province. They have different roles in their families and communities – some are mothers, one is a health worker,…  


Measuring Impact: International Intern Ambika’s Experiences at UNDP Cambodia

This morning I was in a car driving to a meeting at a hotel in Phnom Penh with four of my UNDP colleagues.  

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