Centre for Governance and Inclusive Society

The Centre for Governance and Inclusive Society (CGIS) examines emerging policy questions confronting policymakers with evidence and knowledge to build inclusive society and responsive governance in a rapidly changing context. The centre analyzes current and contemporary policy processes and challenges related to civic engagement, local governance, decentralization, youth, leadership and new technologies. Our research also incorporates cross-cutting topics on climate change, technology and gender. In term of gender, we focus on: (i) the participation of women in institutions as decision-makers and public officials at the national and sub-national levels; (ii) the engagement of women as citizens with the government and its institutions and mediators; (iii) the capacity of the state to promote gender equality, and to mainstream gender within institutions, including through policy, programmes and budget arrangements; and (iv) the impact of the political and technological development on gender relations more broadly, including whether state responses enable or constrain gender equality.The research draws critically from the literature to formulate theoretically informed, policy-relevant research questions that would uncover, interrogate and explain Khmer conceptions and perspectives of key governance and emerging trends, thereby laying the groundwork for an indigenous Cambodian social science. In the current Research Strategy 2016-2021, the CGIS’s main research titles Ponlork: The Emergence of a New Era for Cambodia. Ponlork focuses on the impact of demographic change on politics and society in Cambodia. 


Consultancy for Addressing Care Economy and Unpaid Care Work of Women in Cambodia

Ministry of Women's Affairs

Ministry of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia (MoWA) envisions a society in which women and men enjoy equal rights, where women fully participate in social life at the same time that they do not face discrimination in the public neither...

Building Capacities for Civic Engagement, Peacebuilding and Inclusive Dialogue: Towards Inclusive and Participatory Gove...

United Nations Development Programme, Cambodia

Over the past two decades, Cambodia has made significant economic progress, with growth being over 7%. The opportunity exists to underpin this progress towards an inclusive and equitable social contract by strengthening social cap...

Local Leadership in Cambodia

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Since the end of the war, Cambodia has undergone significant social, economic and demographic change as well as governance reform. In 2002, the first local elections of the post-war era elected local government councils. This stud...

Social Protection and the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in Cambodia: Longitudinal Research to ‘Build Back Better’ in the...

Global Challenges Research Fund (UK Research and Innovation )

COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption of the global garment industry such as manufacturing shutdowns, consumer lockdowns, order cancellation of suppliers, and lack of raw materials. However, social protection in Cambodia...

Barriers and Pathways to Women's Political Participation in Myanmar: Gender Equality and Decentralization in Myanmar -Co...

Canada's International Development Research Centre

Women’s participation in politics has been an issue that remains to be addressed in order to achieve gender equality around the world. In Asia, while important progress has been made towards gender equality and where women are key...

Desk Study on EU-China's Development Cooperation in Cambodia

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Swiss

In this context of promoting Cambodia’s Sustainable Development Goals and aid effectiveness, and with the aim to inform the preparation of the next Joint European Strategy 2020-2024, European partners in Cambodia agreed to conduct...

Focusing a Gendered Lens on Climate Resilience, Credit, and Malnutrition in Translocal Cambodia and South India

Global Challenges Research Fund (UK Research and Innovation )

This project is cutting-edge research with innovative that addresses cross-cut topics and disciplines in developing holistic interventions and solutions to developing countries in Cambodia and India.  This is collaborative resear...


State Regulations and Elitisation: A Study of Civil Society Elites in Indonesia and Cambodia

This article analyses how and to what extent state regulation of civil society organisations (CSOs) have resulted in elitisation, i.e., the process of obtaining elite status within and beyond civil society. This is studied in the context of emerging democracy in Indonesia and shrinking civic space in Cambodia. Combining Bourdieu’s concepts of field and elite with strategic action fields, the artic...

CDRI   (2020)

Cybergovernance in Cambodia: A Risk-Based Approach to Cybersecurity

To understand cyber risk in Cambodia and equip policy leaders to oversee it, this paper assesses the successes and challenges of current cyber risk management efforts in Cambodia and throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. The findings suggest that there is a large gap between the rapid implementation of new technologies in Cambodia and the capacity to govern conseque...


Gender Analysis of Survey on Cambodia’s Young and Older Generation: Family, Community, Political Knowledge and Attitudes, and Future Expectations

Cambodia, following more than two decades of impressive economic performance and development, is fast becoming one of Asia’s new tiger economies. Sustained robust GDP growth of over 7 percent has supported improvements in physical infrastructure (economic and social) and substantial poverty reduction. This economic improvement, mostly made possible by rapid manufacturing (garment industry), const...


Facebook, Contestation and Poor People’s Politics: Spanning the Urban–Rural Divide in Cambodia?

Rural internet use, although still limited, is growing, raising the question of how rural people are using social media politically. As a vehicle of communication that permits the rapid transmission of information, images and text across space and connections between dispersed networks of individuals, does technological advance in rural areas presage significant political transformations? This art...


Coming of Age in Peace, Prosperity, and Connectivity: Cambodia’s Young Electorate and Its Impact on the Ruling Party’s Political Strategies

Cambodia’s youthful population is significantly responsible for a recent unexpected decline in the popularity of the Cambodian People’s Party, which has governed since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime. This increasingly young electorate has lived through an era of peace and openness with regular multi-party elections and impressive economic growth resulting in rapid structural change in the econo...

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25 Aug

Monthly Research Seminar

Cambodia Economic Priorities During COVID-19 Pandemic: Opinions and Perspectives

25 Aug 2021
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

CDRI is hosting our virtual monthly research seminar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom. Two speakers will give presentations on the following topics: Cambodia Economic Priorities During COVID-19 Pandemic: Opinions and Perspectives, by Dr. Teng Delux Authoritarian Expropriation: Reactive and Institutionalized Responsiveness in Vietnam and China, by Dr. Nhu Truong Please kindly access this link or...

27 Jul

Monthly Research Seminar

Locating ‘Human Dignity’ in Cambodian Laws, Policies and Activism and State of Gender Equality and Climate Change in Cambodia

27 Jul 2021
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Zoom

CDRI is hosting our virtual monthly research seminar on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom. Two speakers will give presentations on the following topics:Locating ‘Human Dignity in Cambodian Laws, Policies and Activism, by Ms Tann BoravinState of Gender Equality and Climate Change in Cambodia, by Mr Nong MoninPlease access this link for your registration:

07 Jul

Enumerator training

Enumerator Training of UNDP Provision Baseline Survey

07 Jul 2021 - 10 Jul 2021
Virtual

CDRI organized a four-day training to enumerators to deliver data collection for the project which has the objective of promoting democratic governance initiatives and a peaceful, inclusive, and equitable society through expanding opportunities for inclusive civic engagement using existing infrastructure. The enumerators were enhanced knowledge and understanding the requirements of the survey, structured questionnaires in hard copy and CSpro (onl...

28 Jun

Monthly Research Seminar

"Career experiences of women academics in leadership positions at Cambodian universities"; "Gendered Impacts Of COVID-19 On Higher Education in Cambodia: Perspectives of Female Lecturers and Students"; "Cambodia's Agri-Food Trade"

28 Jun 2021
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Zoom

CDRI is hosting our virtual monthly research seminar on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom. Three speakers will give presentations on the following topics:  "Career experiences of women academics in leadership positions at Cambodian universities" by Ms KUM Somaly."Gendered Impacts Of COVID-19 On Higher Education in Cambodia: Perspectives of Female Lecturers and Students" by Ms TUY Sophorn."Cambodia's Agri-Food T...

04 Jun

Monthly Research Seminar

"Cambodian Civil Society and Youth Civic Engagement at a Time of Political Change"

04 Jun 2021
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Zoom

CDRI is hosting our virtual Monthly Research Seminar under the topic "Cambodian Civil Society and Youth Civic Engagement at a Time of Political Change" by Len Ang on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 2:00-3:00 PM (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom.

27 Apr

Monthly Research Seminar

"Connectivity initiatives in the Mekong region"; "Economic Recovery Policies: Aspect and Perspective in PPPs"

27 Apr 2021
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Zoom

CDRI is hosting our virtual monthly research seminar on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 2:00 -3:30 PM  (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom. By topic: Connectivity initiatives in the Mekong region by Dr Thearith Leng Economic Recovery Policies: Aspect and Perspective in PPPs by Dr Teng Delux 

25 Mar

Monthly Research Seminar

“Research Skills (Qualitative Methods)” and “Clean Energy – Global Trends and Cambodian Opportunities”

25 Mar 2021
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Zoom

CDRI is hosting our virtual monthly research seminar on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 3:00 -4:30PM (Phnom Penh time) via Zoom. By topic: Research Skills (qualitative methods), by Dr Sokphea YoungClean Energy – Global Trends and Cambodian Opportunities, by Mrs Bridget McIntosh