Cambodia’s dynamic economic growth is catalysed by its working population comprising for about 80 percent of the population. Despite the high labour force rate, the country’s human resource remains largely low-skilled. Therefore, the need to upskill the working population and modernise technical and functional competencies is crucial in major economic sectors, including industry, services and agriculture. 
About cambodia

country facts

  • Area: 181,035 km
  • Population: 15,288,489 (2019)
  • Capital: Phnom Penh

Swisscontact in Cambodia

  • since 2016


Cambodia, Vietnam
Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions in Southeast Asia (ASSET)
The Agroecology and Safe food System Transitions (ASSET) project is a regional project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU), and the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) over five years from 2020 to 2025 in four targeted countries: Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. 

The project aims at developing and promoting a shared vision of the agroecological and safe food system transitions at South East Asian level. The project is coordinated by GRET in a strong articulation with CIRAD, in charge of the scientific coordination, the project will mobilize the expertise of 27 national, European and International partners, from research institutions, universities, NGOs, UN agencies, Ministries of Agriculture of the four countries. The project acts within the three overlapping spheres of influence, namely the societal sphere (citizen awareness and possible demands for safe agro-ecological products), the policy sphere (enabling environment at local, national and regional levels), and the technical and economic spheres (agroecological and safe food system innovations at territorial level in flagship sites).
Initial vocational education and training
Digital Literacy Initiative Cambodia
The overall goal of the Programme is to qualify youth for inclusion in the digital economy, by enabling the access to digital literacy education and closing the digital gap.  Through coding, the students learn to think critically and to solve problems when something does not work. Through developing applications to address practical problems in society, they gain leadership, communication, and project management skills. These competencies are important for future higher education and professional activities.
Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. By bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms, the Alliance cuts through red tape and end costly delays at borders. 
Initial vocational education and training
Digital Learning Materials for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Digital Learning Materials for TVET (DLM4TVET) is a two-year project (2023-2024) funded by Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), implemented by Swisscontact in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT), the National Technical Training Institute (NTTI), selected Technical Training Institutes, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations and private sector entities. The project aims to support the digitalisation of TVET and thus the transition to a more effective and efficient TVET system, mainly by advancing digital learning and teaching in TVET in Cambodia.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Enhancing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Investments (3Ei)
The overall goal of the 3Ei is for the private sector to actively contribute to the Cambodia's socio-economic development and attaining the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The achievement of this overall goal will be driven by two outcomes: enhanced coordination, and collaboration within the entrepreneurial ecosystem; and increased business performance and investments in the ecosystem.


Addressing Agricultural Challenges Through Dei Meas: A Pathway to Sustainable Farming
Cambodia faces pressing challenges in its agricultural sector, exacerbated by factors such as climate change, soil degradation, and high-cost low production farming practices. With the global population projected to increase significantly by 2050, the demand for food is set to rise, placing additional strain on agricultural resources. In this context, transitioning to sustainable farming practices is imperative to ensure food security, environmental protection, and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Give a Day 20: Paving the Way for Impactful Entrepreneurship in Cambodia 
The 20th edition of Give a Day unfolded on February 1st, 2024, under the topic “Navigating Impact Management and Transparency to Achieve the SDGs: Learning from Global Markets." co-hosted by Khmer Enterprise, Swisscontact and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). 
Initial vocational education and training
Transforming Futures: Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) Unveils Ambitious Project to Empower Cambodian Youth
In a significant step towards reshaping the educational landscape in Cambodia, the Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) officially launched its transformative program on January 18th. The initiative, spanning two years (2024 – 2025), is funded by The Dariu Foundation (TDF) and implemented by Swisscontact, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT). 
Country Director Cambodia | Project Manager, ISA
Rajiv Pradhan


Swisscontact in Cambodia works to strengthen the systems in skills development, entrepreneurial ecosystem and impact investments, trade facilitation and regenerative agriculture by working closely with the private, public, research and academia and the civil society sectors. All interventions are designed following the Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) approach of Swisscontact. Institutionalization of the interventions, via branding, is a key focus in all the projects. Swisscontact currently is supporting the stakeholders (public/private) to establish and promote 8 brands. The scale for each of the interventions will be realized through the promotion of the brands. While delivering our activities, Swisscontact Cambodia is committed to the Greening Office initiative.

Solid partnerships at all levels are essential for development projects to achieve the best possible outcomes. This is a key takeaway from our more than 60 years of experience in international development cooperation. For this reason, we work closely with local, national, and international partners. Our partnerships focus on joint projects that benefit all stakeholders, especially local populations.
The abilities and readiness for action of our employees are decisive for our projects’ ability to achieve sustainable impact, as well as our long-term success. As an attractive employer, Swisscontact invests in a positive management and work culture. This is defined by our fundamental understanding of development intended to serve not only our beneficiaries in project countries but our employees as well.
Witness what our beneficiaries and partners say about our programmes through these videos. We are grateful to be a part of those who bring positive changes to Cambodia. Enjoy the videos!
The objective of Swisscontact’s work is to open up pathways out of poverty for people in developing countries through broad-based economic development projects.

Motivated and productive employees with initiative constitute the most important success factor in all areas of our work. We count on motivated individuals who are looking to the future, impact- and team-oriented, and want to work in international development cooperation.

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Phnom Penh

THAN'S CORP Building #46, 7th Flr., Mao Tse Toung Blvd (245), Sangkat Boeng Trabek, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Provincial Department of Tourism, Kratie, Sre Sdao Village, Sangkat Oureusey, Kratie Town, Kratie Province, Cambodia

Stung Treng

Provincial Department of Labour and Vocational Training (PDLVT) Building, 1st Flr., Leu village, Sangkat Srah Russey, Krong Stung Town, Stung Treng province, Cambodia

Preah Vihear

Provincial Training Center (PTC) Building, 1st Flr., Domnak village, Sangkat Kampong Branak, Preah Vihear Town, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia