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► "Of tools and men", 20th anniversary of AFD in Cambodia [+]

Through the eyes of film maker Rithy Panh, “Tools and people” tells how AFD has been supporting Cambodia for 20 years in the fight against poverty and for the economic development of the country, both in the field and in supporting public policies.

Short version (6 min.)


Long version (19 min.)

► Improving working conditions in the garment factories in Cambodia [+]

Every year, 300 000 young Cambodians enter the workforce and most of them haven’t any qualification. The textile sector is now the largest industrial employer in the country. The majority of workers are young rural women who came to work in factories around Phnom Penh. Since the liberalization of the textile market, the country is facing increased competition from its Asian neighbors in export markets. Cambodia’s accession to the World Trade Organization has required upgrading to international standards, including social responsibility.

To help Cambodia to better fit in the global market, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has chosen to support Better Factories Cambodia program, implemented by the International Labor Organization with the support from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC). This initiative aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the sector while enhancing social dialogue within the factories. It introduces ways to control working conditions, committees representing the employees as well as training and awareness.

The approach has paid off. The workers are better paid, work in better conditions and the textile industry as a whole benefits from these actions by improving its competitiveness. The requirements of minimum wages and annual leave are met close to 100% and 60% of workers are unionized. Cambodia is now internationally recognized for its good social practices. This program is now declined in other countries.

► "10 years of health social protection in Cambodia", by Gret-videos [+]

► "Water, source of a brighter future for Yahimba" [+]

Have you ever wondered how AFD operates in the water and sanitation sector? Follow Yahimba in this short animated film and discover the challenges posed by water in Southern countries, the objectives and AFD’s areas of operation in this key sector for development.


► "Born Sweet" [+]

 15 year old Vinh lives in a remote Cambodian village and has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of his life with incurable arsenic poisoning. He dreams of becoming a karaoke star, winning the affections of adoring fans. But his body is scarred by illness and there is a good chance the arsenic will soon take his life, like the girl who once lived across the road. A chance to star in a karaoke video about the dangers of arsenic allows Vinh to wonder if he truly knows his destiny.


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Last update in January 2015

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