Centre for Development Economics and Trade

The centre conducts applied and policy researches focusing on Cambodia’s economy, trade and regional cooperation. We monitor Cambodia’s economic management and performance; provide evidence-based economic policy analysis; and engage in local and regional dialogues to inform policymaking. Our research has a strong link to national policies, particularly the Rectangular Strategy (Phase IV) and the National Strategic Development Plan (2019-23). Specifically, we contribute to two pillars of the NSDP: Economic Diversification, Private Sector and Market Development; and Sustainable and Inclusive Development. Our delivery mechanism includes policy and academic research, capacity building, knowledge dissemination and sharing, and policy influence and outreach. Our research agenda falls within five broad development areas: economic development, focusing on sustainability and inclusion; trade and regional cooperation; private sector development, focusing on small and medium enterprises; employment and employability, with a cross-cutting theme on gender and youth; and data for research and development (D4RD). We have extensive experience on regional cooperation and research projects, working with think tanks and research institutes in ASEAN and the Mekong region. The Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net) is an example of such collaboration.


Strengthening E-commerce Cooperation to Promote Business to Business and Business to Consumers under AHKFTA: A Case Stud...

Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), Lao PDR

Following the establishment of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA), the Chapter on Economic and Technical Co-operation (ECOTECH) work program has been implemented. It is created as a reference document for imp...

On the Salience of Memories and Socio-Economic and Political Preference

Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

A collaboration with a team of researchers from the University of Ludwig-Maximilians (LMU), Munich to conduct an experimental survey to investigate the impact of persistent memories of violence and the impact of salient memories....

The Impact of COVID-19 on Inclusive Development and Governance: Rapid and Post-Pandemic Assessment in the CLMV

Canada's International Development Research Centre

In close coordination with local governments and organizations, the project will identify gender-sensitive policies and good practices from the macro to micro level that will support the recovery process and improve resilience...

A Survey on Impacts of COVID-19 Crisis on Cambodian Households

JICA Research Institute

The recent coronavirus pandemic has triggered economic crises in both developing and developed countries. In the case of Cambodia, the number of infections is low relative to other neighbouring ASEAN countries, such as Thailand, P...

Digital Skills Assessment Survey

Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications | United Nations Development Programme, Cambodia | The Russian Federation

Under the Capacity Building Research and Development Fund of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, United Nation Development Programme, Cambodia and the Russian Federation, the Cambodia Development Resource Institute in co...

Contribution of Vocational Skills Development to Inclusive Industrial Growth and Transformation: An Analysis of Critical...

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Swiss | Swiss National Science Foundation

The project is implemented in two phases. Phase 1 focuses on the demand side of the labour market in garments, electronic and electrical assembly, and food processing industries. It aims at understanding the linkages between com...

Agricultural Trade between China and the Mekong-Lancang Countries: Value Chain Analysis

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation

This regional project aims to investigate the agricultural value chain of two selected products exported from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to China in the hope of exploring, among other things, key actors, thei...

The 2020 Round of Panel Data Collection for Agriculture, Rural Development and Poverty Reduction

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency | The World Bank | Saitama University

CDRI has collected and maintained a panel data of households in rural Cambodia. The work started in 1996-97 when CDRI conducted a benchmark survey of three villages—Prek Khmeng, Babaong and Trapeang Prey. Data collection has been...

Street Vendors Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The purpose of the project is to examine the portfolio of street vendors in nine districts in Phnom Penh. The survey looks at their education, economic activities, income and expenses, and their life satisfaction. There are tw...


Exploring Insights into Vocational Skills Development and Industrial Transformation in Cambodia

Industrial development is central to Cambodia’s economic development as it plans to upgrade the country’s status to an upper-middle-income country by 2030 and to a high-income country by 2050. Equipping the workforce with the skills and competencies that match industrial needs requires a great deal of continuous efforts and resources. In this regard, this paper aims to look into the linkage betwee...


Vending in the City: Unprotected Yet Better Off

Street food vending is a vital part of the urban economy, and the poor, in particular, rely on it to earn their living. We examine their socio-economic dimension, especially their backgrounds and business operations and challenges, as well as the perspectives on life satisfaction among different income earners. Importantly, we looked at the marginalisation and vulnerability of street vendors in Ph...


The Contribution of Vocational Skills Development to Cambodia’s Economy

In recognition of the importance of a well-trained workforce for socioeconomic development, the Rectangular Strategy Phase IV has put human resource development at the forefront of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC’s) development priorities (RGC 2018). The Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015-2025 was adopted as a guide to advance Cambodia’s manufacturing industry as a key economic secto...

Blog – Living and Recovering with Delta: Time to Open Borders in Southeast Asia

02 November 2021

Author: Dr Jayant Menon, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, and Adviser to the IDRC Project on the Impact of Covid-19 on Inclusive Development and Democratic Governance The Delta variant of COVID-19 has become dominant in Southeast Asia, calling into question the efficacy of trying to eliminate the virus, and the current combination of mobility restrictions at and within borders. The variant’s high transm...

Blog – Will the Pandemic’s Push Towards a Digital Economy Mean Greater Inequality in Mekong?

26 August 2021

Author: Dr Jayant Menon, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, and Adviser to the IDRC Project on the Impact of Covid-19 on Inclusive Development and Democratic Governance One of the supposed silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the acceleration towards a digital economy. Lockdowns and social distancing measures have hastened the adoption of technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)...

Meeting with HE. Chheang Vanarith, Director General of Policy, MEF

13 October 2020

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, from 15.00, CDRI Executive Director (Pech Sokhem), Director of Development Economics and Trade (Roth Vathana), and Senior External Relation Officer (Sen Sina) met with HE. Chheang Vanarith, Director General of Policy, MEF, and his senior officials and researchers. Both sides explore a collaborative policy and applied research on food and water nexus, tourism value chain analysis, and social study. The collaborations are...

20 Sep

Internal Sharing Session

Preliminary baseline results on impacts of COVID-19 in the Mekong Subregion

20 Sep 2021
09:00 AM - 12:35 PM

Virtual (Zoom)

On September 20, 2021, researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam met to present preliminary baseline survey results on the impact of COVID-19 on socio-economic wellbeing of women, vulnerable groups and micro, small and medium enterprises. The meeting is a part of the COVID-19 research project funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada. The team received constructive comments from senior program officer of IDRC and...

14 Sep

Podcast Series – Episode 2

Social protection for women and vulnerable groups: challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

14 Sep 2021

As part of the project on “Impacts of COVID-19 on Inclusive Development and Governance: Rapid and Post-Pandemic Assessment in the CLMV”, Centre for Development Economics and Trade is pleased to present episode #2 of our Podcast Series on “Social protection for women and vulnerable groups: challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond”. Our host, Ms Pon Dorina sat with Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, Director General of the...

11 Aug

Virtual Consultation Workshop

Assessing demand for and supply of ICT and digital skills

11 Aug 2021

As a part of "Digital Skills Assessment Survey" project, CDRI has collaborated with Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT) to prepare a virtual consultation workshop joined by relevant stakeholders coming from both government and non-governmental institutions. This workshop aims to provide a platform for exchange of valuable inputs and insights on the draft report written based on data collected from school and firm survey. 

20 Apr

Podcast Series – Episode 1

Looking Back 2020 and Looking Forward 2021: Private Sector Perspectives

20 Apr 2021

As a part of the project on “Impacts of COVID-19 on Inclusive Development and Governance: Rapid and Post-Pandemic Assessment in the CLMV”, we are pleased to launch the first episode of our podcast series under the theme “Looking Back 2020 And Looking Forward 2021: Private Sector Perspectives”. Our host, Ms. Sry Bopharath sat with Oknha Sok Piseth, CEO & Co-Founder, GGEAR Group Co. Ltd, to discuss socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemi...

11 Dec

Webinar Series – Session 1

Introduction to and Launch of the project on Impacts of COVID-19 on Inclusive Development and Governance: Rapid and Post-Pandemic Assessment in the CLMV

11 Dec 2020
09:30 AM - 11:30 AM

With financial support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada, a consortium of research institutes in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam has been established to provide rapid and recovery assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. This first session of the Webinar Series was held on Friday 11 December 2020.