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Investing in the potential of Cambodia’s youth

ACTED’s work in Cambodia targets the country’s youth. With 65.3% of the population under the age of 30, ACTED focuses on investing in their potential so that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to build a brighter future for themselves. This included an emphasis on non-formal education to ensure youth who have dropped out of school, or are at risk of dropping out, can still secure productive employment opportunities and increase their income. ACTED also works to ensure those youth already in the workforce have access to safe working conditions and social protection.

Cambodia is currently experiencing a demographic boom with many youth entering the country’s job market each year. Yet, the country’s young workforce is often poorly educated and without the skills to match employers’ needs. This has resulted on the one hand with an unmet demand for labour by investors, and on the other hand, many young Cambodians lacking access to decent jobs. On top of that, poor and excluded young Cambodians often find themselves exploited at their place of work with poor working conditions and therefore are unable to raise themselves, and their families, out of poverty

Ensuring vulnerable youth have access to quality community education services

ACTED continues its work with community learning centres (CLC), which provide vulnerable youth with free access to functional literacy, vocational training and life skills in their home communities. This community-driven approach, to ensuring productive employment opportunities for youth, saw four supported-communities open their own CLCs in Prey Veng province over the course of the year. In addition, ACTED starts providing technical support to a further five government-run CLC in the same province. By empowering local communities to directly address their own needs, ACTED is ensuring sustainable and long-term solutions for inclusive economic growth in Cambodia.

Collaborative approaches to improving working conditions

Many young Cambodians find themselves migrating to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, for employment. The hospitality sector is often a source of work for young migrants. ACTED continues its work to reduce the risk of sexual gender-based violence against women working in karaoke bars, beer gardens and restaurants through a peer educator approach . In addition, ACTED continuesto work with employers and employees in the hospitality sector to improve compliance with the country’s labour law and encourage the improvement of social protection for workers.


Partners in 2016 :

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), EuropeAid, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), French Senators



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