USAID’s Counter Trafficking in Persons program helped bring 59 Cambodian fishermen home after they were recused from slavery in Indonesia. Photo: International Organization for Migration
USAID’s Supporting Forests and Biodiversity project assists Prey Lang communities to develop a community forestry management plan and begin forest patrols. Photo: Mengey Eng/Winrock International
On May 17, 2015 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons and advocates around the world celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Photo: FHI360
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: May 18, 2015