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.

Meloney Lindberg,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Cambodia

House No. 59
Oknha Peich (St 242)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: + 855 (23) 210-431

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.

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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.

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