Cartier Philanthropy - What we do

What we do


Cambodia is emerging from decades of conflict and the dramatic genocide under Khmer Rouge rule. Since the early nineties, thanks to massive international assistance, it has moved from economic stagnation to becoming one of the most dynamic economies, unmatched by any other post-conflict society. Significant progress has also been made in reducing national poverty. However social and economic advances have been met with a number of development challenges, including growing inequality, low productivity and poor environmental sustainability. Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high. Almost 40% of children are chronically malnourished and micronutrient deficiencies (especially iron, vitamin A and iodine) are high among children under 5 and in pregnant and lactating women. While the country produces a surplus of paddy rice for export, household access to food remains a serious issue. This is due to limited social protection coverage for poor and vulnerable households, notably those exposed to natural disasters such as flooding and droughts. (Sources: UNICEF 2017; UNDP 2018; World Bank 2017; UNAIDS 2017)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
69 years
Human Development Index
146 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

related programmes

Current partners

Room to Read

Past partners

Barefoot College