USAID’s Cambodia HARVEST program makes a special effort to improve the lives of the poor, women, and youth who are traditionally difficult for development organizations to reach. Photo: Cambodia HARVEST
With support from USAID’s Supporting Forests and Biodiversity project, Sangkae community was able to demarcate 2,000 hectares as their community forest, protecting it from a private company. Photo: Mengey Eng/Winrock International
The Ministry of Environment, supported by USAID and GIZ, conducted a workshop on how to allocate and manage funds to mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change. Photo: GIZ
Cambodia is transforming in remarkable ways. The country is at peace after decades of conflict, and a majority of Cambodians are optimistic about the future. However, important challenges remain. Parliamentary elections in 2008 were freer than any held in Cambodia. Yet political power remains unevenly spread, and opposition parties are disorganized, divided and subject to manipulation.
Cambodia has reduced HIV/AIDS infection by half and treated the majority of affected people. Yet maternal mortality remains high, infectious diseases are serious concerns and the health and education systems are underfunded. Each year, 250,000 young people enter the workforce, but not all find jobs. In each of these areas, U.S. assistance makes significant contributions to Cambodia's development.
Last updated: July 02, 2015