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.

Silas Everett,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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A Survey of Livelihood Strategies and Expectations for the Future

The aim of this report is to better understand the most recent social, political, and economic trends among various social groups in Cambodia, by canvassing their opinions of and expectations for economic improvement, social reform, and political choice, locally and nationally. In recent years, The Asia Foundation has conducted a series of research projects exploring the country’s contemporary social and political dynamics. This body of work attempted to discern the impact that deep structural reforms taking place in both the economy and society were having across different socio-economic groups in Cambodia. The research we present here is an effort to further explore these issues.

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