ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

About Us

Cambodia has undergone rapid economic growth in recent years but, despite the accompanying wealth creation for some, the country continues to face numerous challenges. To achieve our goals over the next six years we will need to think about:

  • Poverty : More than 28 percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 a day, with the poorest at high risk of being left behind as the country moves towards rapid economic development.
  • Children : Almost 40 percent of children do not finish primary school in Cambodia, while roughly the same percentages of under-5s suffer stunted growth due to malnutrition.
  • Women : Rural to urban economic migration particularly of young women is increasing their vulnerability to violence, sexual assault/harassment and rape in public spaces.
  • Food security : Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for most Cambodians, meaning that unsustainable fishing and farming policies and practice, coupled with problems with access to and control over resources, leave many hungry.
  • Disasters : Cambodia is one of the most disaster prone countries in South East Asia, facing hazards including floods, droughts and insect infestations. The most vulnerable families barely have time to recover from one disaster before the next one strikes.
  • Climate change : As the planet heats up Cambodia is likely to see more extreme weather events, hitting the poorest hardest.

ActionAid Cambodia is part of a global movement of people working together to achieve greater human rights for all and defeat poverty. We believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. ActionAid is a catalyst for that change.

ActionAid has been working in Cambodia since the year 2000, and the ActionAid Cambodia country office was set up in 2004. Since then we have been working with the poorest and most excluded men, women and children in the country, making long-term commitments to advance their human rights and transform the world in which their children grow up.

We are part of ActionAid International, a global federation of 45 members committed to finding sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. ActionAid International is collectively governed by all of its members, so everyone has a say on how the organisation works. 

Our approach to securing change puts human rights front and centre, prioritising empowerment, solidarity and campaigning.

Our Vision is for a world without poverty and injustice, in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity. 

Our Mission is to work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice. 

Our change statement : We want to see Cambodia with a strong and vibrant civil society, led by empowered and dynamic people’s organisations and networks, advocating for changes in laws, policies and practices to attain justice and equality for all Cambodians.