Our Projects

Agriculture

This study examines the agricultural commodities with the greatest potential for export to Mekong countries and China. It aims to answer the questions: How can Cambodia increase production of agricultural commodities with the most potential for export to China and ASEAN countries to improve trade balance in the region? What are the challenges and how can Cambodia increase agricultural commodity exports to the Mekong region?

Research responds to the need for innovative support services as smallholder farmers with low average levels of education, or those living in remote and poorly connected areas, simply do not know about improved practices or new production processes; even when access exists, farmers do not necessarily know how to use new technologies effectively.

One of three prioritised policy studies under FAO’s pro-poor policy approach to address risk and vulnerability at the country level, research on off-farm income generation activities aims to gain a better understanding of the riskiness of off-farm income and vulnerabilities among smallholders and the landless poor.

Research assessed the impact of Cambodia HARVEST, a five-year integrated food security and climate change program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

What are the benefits, costs and risks of switching from flood recession to regulated, irrigated agriculture in Cambodia, considering food production, land, water, energy and livelihoods?

A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Approach for Cambodia: Research uses CGE modelling with available social accounting matrix to examine the impacts of public education consumption on the macroeconomic environment, labour market and household welfare in Cambodia. This rigorous, systematic country-wide analysis has helped fill a critical knowledge gap by quantifying the complex impacts of education spending on labour market trends and household welfare.

Economics

Lead researcher: Dr VEN Seyhah Project partner: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Project period: 2018

Lead researcher: Dr OUCH Chandarany Project partner: Partnership for Economic Policy program (PEP) Project period: 2018-2019  

Lead researcher: Dr OUCH Chandarany Project partner: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Project period: 2018-2019 Research components: 1). integrating and upgrading Cambodia’s participation in global value chains; 2). promoting small and medium enterprise in the broad framework of industrial de

Lead researcher: Dr SAING Chan Hang Project partner: Partnership for Economic Policy program (PEP) Project period: 2018-2019 The aim of the study is to investigate the role of remittances and absence of migrant household members on human capital formation in rural Cambodia. It asks whether migration reduces or increases educational attainment among school-age children

Lead researcher: Dr VEN Seyhah Project partner: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Project period: 2018 Objectives: 1). collecting, validating and storing NTMs data from official sources; 2). improving general understanding of these measures and their impact on world trade; and 3). providing insights o

Objectives:

  1. expanding our understanding of the drivers of sustained and transitory poverty escapes, in addition to those of chronic poverty, across contexts and to draw out policy and programming implications which will contribute to USAID’s overall mandate of ending extreme poverty; and
  2. analyse panel data to determine drivers of transitory and sustained poverty

Lead researcher: Dr OUCH Chandarany Project partner: Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) Project period: 2018-2020 Research questions: What are the critical factors that help or hinder the contribution of vocational skills development to inclusive industrial growth and transformation in low and middle-income coun

Objectives:

  1. taking stocks of non-tariff measures applied on cross-border movement of agricultural commodities with the GMS;
  2. identifying bottlenecks to agricultural trade and understanding complex relationship between actors in whole value chains; and
  3. targeted policy recommendations for improving important weaknesses in each country’s agricultural value chain.
The project consists of two components: research, and exchange and po

Examining connection between tax and government spending on social services, namely education, health and social protection, and inequality. Preliminary findings: taxation has been geared toward equity by increasing salary threshold and introducing exemptions on necessity goods and services; evidence of pro-poorness of spending on health, but not spending on education, while the impact of social protection spending on inequality is not likely since its scope and coverage is limited.

Objective: To study about the government’s strategy to develop Sihanoukville Province into a multi-purpose Special Economic Zone under the Industrial Development Policy (IDP) and the possible utilization of BRI in this endeavour. Lead researcher: Mr HING Vutha Project partner: Cambodia 21st Maritime Silk Road Research Center Project

This study uses a randomized experiment to examine the treatment effects of participating in a two-month vocational training program in hospitality on employment and job-related skills, targeted at economically disadvantaged youth in Cambodia. Specifically, this research addresses the following research questions:

  • Does training help individuals obtain a job?
  • What are the barriers to take-up training and complete it?

Objectives

  1. develop policy options, new practices and institutional arrangements for more jobs with better working conditions, especially in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community; and
  2. examine the current role of the private sector in job creation (labour market demand) and workforce skills development (labour market supply)
The project provided grant to eight research studies covering a range of topics from the impact of minimum wage

This research aims to answer the following key questions:

  • What are types of NTMs imposed on Cambodia’s fisheries exports?
  • How NTMs affect fisheries exports?
  • Whether the country is required to make any major improvement on the domestic standard setting rules and facilities as mutual recognition agreements may require improvement and upgrading of production methods in order to meet the required standards set by the agreement?

This research seeks to study about the government’s strategy to develop Sihanoukville Province into a multi-purpose Special Economic Zone under the Industrial Development Policy (IDP) and the possible utilization of OBOR initiative in this endeavor. This research focuses on three core questions:

  • What and how the development of Sihanoukville Province into a multi-purpose Special Economic Zone contribute to achieving IDP goal?
  • What are complementary components and polici

This research project is among the four research components in the five-year research program on ‘industrial development, human capital and SME development in Cambodia’. The overall objectives of this research are to map Cambodia’s participation in GVCs and identify gaps in major components of GVC. Key research questions are:

  • Where is Cambodia positioning in GVCs in comparison to other ASEAN countries such as Vietnam and Thailand?
  • What are production compo

Lead researcher: Dr VEN Seyhah Project partner: Swedish International Development  Cooperation Agency (Sida) Project period: 2016-2018

Education

Gender equity in TVET: policy and practical solutions to mainstreaming gender in TVET

Education - Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Permeability between Higher Education and TVET

Education - Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Consolidation of TVET system, curriculum and quality assurance

Education - Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Public Private Partnership in TVET

Education - Technical and Vocational Education and Training

TVET models of Asian countries and Switzerland

Education - Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Accountability in universities in Cambodia

Education - Higher Education

Governance and Financing Higher Education

Education - Higher Education

Internationalization of Higher Education

Education - Higher Education

Research and Academic Career

Education - Higher Education

STEM Studies for Labour Market

Education - Higher Education

Environment

Lead researcher: Mr CHHIM Chhun Project period: 2018-2019

Lead researcher: Mr OUCH Chhuong Project period: 2017-2018

Lead researcher: Mr NONG Monin Project period: 2018-2019

Lead researcher: Mr NONG Monin Project partners: 1) Akphivat Strey; 2) Children and Women Development Center in Caambodia; 3) Ponlork Khmer; 4) Women Organization for Modern Economy and Nursing Project period: 2017-2019

The project aims at empowering 80 local women community leaders to better respond to climate chan

This 3-years (2015-2017) project was funded by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) which is a research center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystem (WLE). The project is constructed with five inter-connected components: 1). Good Governance in the Mekong; 2). Mekong Governance Opportunities; 3). Vision for Mekong Governance; 4). Women in Mekong Governance; and 5). Mekong Governance Outside of Government.

This 5-years (2016-2021) project was funded by Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) with the focus on three different themes: 1). Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; 2). Community-based adaptation; and 3). Natural resource governance.

Governance

As the first paper of CDRI’s five-year Ponlork research program, this literature review makes an inventory of what is known in this relatively new field, aiming to define a more narrow research agenda with a slightly more theoretical approach. The review includes a broad range of existing literature, mostly empirical, including on youth’s expectations and aspirations, political values and attitudes, relationships with family, community and other social organisations such as politica

The MK20 project aims to support good Mekong governance by exploring both key challenges and opportunities for creating a space for dialogue, for decisions to be perceived as binding and legitimate, and for intense deliberation and negotiation. MK20 is being implemented by CDRI, as a lead organisation, and Consortium partners: the Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore; the NGO Forum on Cambodia; and the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. CDRI’s role is t

With the tentative title Unfolding impact of a new generation of young Cambodians on society and politics”, this edited volume aims to explore the activities, attitudes and aspirations of young Cambodians who are playing a very important role in transforming Cambodian politics and society. It intends to bring together existing studies primarily by Cambodian researchers about Cambodian youth.