Cambodia’s remarkable private sector driven growth over the last decade has not been without costs. The people and natural resources of Cambodia face exploitation, and endemic corruption continues to erode democratic institutions. Addressing these challenges, we help vulnerable communities strengthen their voice and protect their basic rights; we strive to reduce educational barriers so young people can fully participate in civic life and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. Investing in people and enhancing citizen engagement in local decision-making is at the center of the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to the Kingdom’s continued peace and prosperity.
Creating Access to Information
Despite the fact that 90% of Cambodia’s 700,000 garment and footwear workers are women, our research revealed little information is available about job opportunities for low skilled women in the labor market. We piloted a call center, Bong Srey, to assess demand for information about job opportunities and recruitment services in the garment industry, and data quickly indicated a high demand for such information. During the pilot’s six weeks, 800 calls were received from workers and numerous job openings were posted by 12 factories. We now partner with Cambodia’s largest job information portal to scale up the project into a standalone, socially responsible business.
NEWS FROM CAMBODIA
Creating Books that Preserve Cultures and Improve Literacy
September 6, 2017
STEM Storybooks Come to Life at Let’s Read! E-Book Cambodia Hackathon
August 22, 2017
ASEAN at 50: Walking a Tightrope?
August 9, 2017
Time for ASEAN, and its Partners, to Get Regulatory
August 9, 2017
Asia Foundation Announces Meloney C. Lindberg as Country Representative in Cambodia
San Francisco and Phnom Penh
August 1, 2017
Community Alcohol Notification System (CANS): For Safer and Healthier Communities
July 24, 2017
Preventing Domestic Violence
One in five Cambodian women experience domestic violence—and one in 10 in the last 12 months. Our research revealed alcohol is a trigger for male partners. In 2016, we brought together authorities and citizens in 30 communes to raise awareness of the harm associated with alcohol abuse; to set restrictions on use; and make counseling services available for abusers of alcohol so they can seek help. Early evaluations indicate violence is down among participating communes.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Forced Labor and Child Trafficking in India’s Garment Sector
September 20, 2017
Asia Foundation Development Fellows 2017 in San Francisco
September 18, 2017
Library of Congress Honors Asia Foundation for Promoting Literacy
September 14, 2017
Labor Migration’s Impact Economically, Socially and Politically in Nepal
September 7, 2017