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Youth Inclusion project - Cambodia



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Cambodia has the youngest population in Southeast Asia. In 2014, young people aged between 15 and 29 years old made up 30 percent of the total population. This new generation bears little scar of war and genocide and tend to be better educated than their parents. With youths being the drivers of growth in the present and future, Cambodia has an enormous potential to turn this demographic bulge into a dividend for its socio-economic and political development. However, the majority of them are poorly educated, live in poverty and social exclusion and have poor employment prospects.

The Cambodian government responded to the challenge with a national policy on youth development in 2011 and other policy instruments to protect youth from dropping out of school, losing opportunity, drug addiction, alcohol consumption and other risks (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, MoEYS, 2011). Other relevant ministries like Social Affairs, Labour and Vocational Training, and Women’s and Veterans’ Affairs are working together with MoEYS to help disadvantaged and vulnerable youth. These efforts need to continue as youth problems are complex, and their determinants need to be well understood. Young people can become a strong asset for Cambodia's future prosperity only if adequate policies are put in place.


Youth Inclusion project in Cambodia focus studies:

  • Understanding life choices of school dropout youth
  • Employment Challenges and Opportunities of Young Women in Cambodia


 Cambodia Country Study 



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Key issues affecting young people in Cambodia

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Project activities

OECD Development Matters: Youth Employment and Inclusive Growth: Part of the same coin in Cambodia

Some countries in the South Asia and Pacific region are experiencing a rapid increase in the number of working-age people. This will create some opportunities as it will contribute to reducing the dependency ratio and increasing the possibilities for social cohesion policies. But if these people fail to find decent jobs, then per capita income may slow down. 

Youth Inclusion Project: Mid-term review workshop outcomes, Phnom Penh Cambodia

The OECD Development Centre organized together with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia a multistakeholders workshop to discuss the results of the Youth Inclusion project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the 17 May 2016.




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