ACTED’s work in Cambodia targets the country’s youth. With 65.3% of the population under the age of 30 and approximately 230,000 youth entering the country’s job market each year, ACTED focuses on investing in their potential so that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to build a brighter future for themselves. This includes an emphasis on non-formal education to ensure youth who have dropped out of school, or are at risk of dropping out, can still secure productive employment opportunities and increase their income. ACTED also works to ensure those youth already in the workforce have access to safe working conditions and social protection.
ACTED has currently three ongoing projects. The oldest one aims at reducing sexual gender based violence against women from the hospitality sectors in Phnom Penh; in 2016, a peer educator approach targeted 42 businesses benefiting over 1,000 women working in karaoke bars, beer gardens and restaurants across the capital. The second and largest project focuses on breaking the cycle of youth marginalization and vulnerability in rural communities through non-formal education. The last project is the “Workers Sabay” scheme which is a label aiming to enhance the reputation and business practices of the hospitality industry in terms of its labour law compliance, while promoting the improvement of social protection for workers, as well as encouraging tourists to think ethically whilst on holiday.