I. Regional Network

“Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks for Countries in Mekong Sub-region (NARDT)”

The Network of Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks (NARDT) project is designed to form a consortium with flexible cooperation mechanism where think tanks of different stakeholders of Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao and Vietnam can work together in an effective manner to improve the quality of policies in agriculture and rural development and facilitate the up-scaling and institutionalization of good practices, innovations and lessons learnt from the programs supported by IFAD and other donors.

CDRI is a co-facilitating partner of NARDT project in Cambodia, and will take lead in setting up and coordinating country-level network and cooperation with potential policy think tanks. Also, CDRI will design activities to support the implementation of the action plan which may include, but not limited to knowledge sharing, capacity building, joint studies and policy dialogue.

Website: https://nardt.org/

Members of NARDT

1. Cambodia: Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)

2. Vietnam: Institute of Policy Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD)

3. Lao: National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI)

4. Myanmar: Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

II. Agriculture Unit Networks

1. Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

2. Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

3. Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)





CDRI implements a two-year-research program called “Enhancing Mekong-Lancang Research and Policy Dialogue Program”. This research will provide empirical evidence and policy suggestions to the Mekong-Lancang country dialogue, with a focus on “Agricultural Trade between China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region Countries: Value Chain Analysis” and “Contract Farming in the Mekong-Lancang Countries: Best Practices and Lessons Learned”. (Program Inception Workshop)


The Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net), formerly known as the Development Analysis Network (GMS-DAN), is a network of development research institutions in the Mekong region. With support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), CDRI is coordinating a three-year program on improving job prospects for young, low-skilled and women workers in the Mekong region. A competitive call for research papers in 2015 attracted 21 entries. Research grants of up to USD40, 000 were awarded to eight research teams, three from Cambodia, two from Vietnam and one each from Thailand, Laos and Yunnan province of China. The call covered six research themes
  • Inequality of earnings by gender, geographical location and ethnicity
  • Labour market regulations and wage setting
  • Safety nets for youth, low-skilled and women
  • Private sector development and its role in skills development
  • Implications of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for labour market policies and institutions
  • Scaling up champion programs on decent job creation and skills development for youth, the low-skilled and women
Building the capacity of young researchers is central to the work of GMS-Net. Each project team has a mentor for technical guidance, and intensive pre-research training ensured researchers have the skills they need for their immediate research studies and beyond.

The Contribution of Vocational Skills Development to Inclusive Industrial Growth and Transformation: An Analysis of Critical Factors in Cambodia

The project is in partnership with Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) and our local partner is Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC). The project period is from September 2017 to August 2020. This project focuses on the critical factors that help or hinder the contribution of vocational skills development to inclusive industrial growth and transformation in low and middle-income country.  Download


Environment Unit has worked with public, private, international organization, other development partners as the following:

Regional research partnerships

1. UNDP, Cambodia: https://www.kh.undp.org/

2. The University of Chicago, https://www.uchicago.edu/

3. UN Environment Program, https://www.unenvironment.org/

4. Stockholm Environment Institute, https://www.sei.org/

5. SOAS University of London, https://www.soas.ac.uk/

6. Overseas Development Institute (ODI), https://www.odi.org/

7. The University of Sydney, https://www.sydney.edu.au/

8. Kyushu University, https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/

9. Swedish International Development Agency, https://www.sida.se/English/

10. United Nations Democracy Fund, https://www.un.org/democracyfund/

11. Governance of Climate Change Finance, https://www.climatefinance-developmenteffectiveness.org/

12. UN Women, https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/cambodia

Local research partnership

1. Ministry of Environment, https://www.moe.gov.kh/en

2. Ministry of Rural Development of Cambodia, https://www.mrd.gov.kh/

3. Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, https://www.mowram.gov.kh/

4. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, https://web.maff.gov.kh/?lang=en

5. Cambodia National Mekong Committee, https://web.maff.gov.kh/?lang=en

6. National Institute of International Relation, http://nidir.edu.kh/

7. Royal University of Phnom Penh, http://www.rupp.edu.kh/

8. Royal University of Agriculture, http://www.rua.edu.kh/

9. Institute of Technology of Cambodia, http://www.itc.edu.kh/en/

10. Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia , http://www.puc.edu.kh/

11. Cambodia Climate Change Alliance, https://www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home

Our Research Partners

  1. Ministry of Interior, General Department of Administration
  2. National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) Secretariat- Department Policy Analysis and Development Division
  3. Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, General Department of Youths
  4. Northern Illinois University, Department of Political Sciences, USA
  5. The University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, USA
  6. George Mason University, USA
  7. Royal Holloway, University of London, England
  8. Coventry University, England
  9. The University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies, Sweden
  10. Lund University, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sweden
  11. The University of Sydney, Department of Asia Studies, Australia
  12. The University of British Columbia, Department of Political Science, Canada
  13. McGill University, Institute for the Study of International Development, Canada
  14. National University of Singapore, Department of Geography and Sociology, Singapore
  15. Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia