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.