Cambodia has regained its place among the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS since June 2016 because of a returning interest for academic cooperation with the country. In the past thirteen years, VLIR-UOS financed 6 departmental projects (TEAM and SI) in Cambodia up to a total budget of 1.002.655 EUR. New interventions will be selected during the 2017-2021 period after elaborating a country strategy that will be the basis -reference framework- for new project calls.


Cambodia is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.

Facts and figures


Total budget Cambodia 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Cambodia

The Country Strategy for Cambodia identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with Cambodia:


  • Education. Sub-themes: access and quality of education, ‘train the trainers’, teacher education, lab training, practice-based curricula, etc. came forward as an important added value for university cooperation for development.
  • Health. Sub-themes: mainly public and preventive health and access-to-medicines, link with medical training, general pathology, cancer research, diabetes, mental and physical disabilities (post-conflict related, road-safety accidents, ..), etc. were mentioned.
  • Rural development and agriculture. Sub-themes: sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, fishery, food patterns, link with spatial planning rural-urban, link with private sector development.
  • Governance and sustainable development. Sub-themes: rural-urban (spatial) planning, heritage and development linked with sustainable tourism (heritage sites in Cambodia), social economy, post-conflict and development, multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies, basic infrastructure & governance related to issues like road safety, democratization, human rights, gender….
  • Environment. Sub-themes: biodiversity, wildlife, climate change linked to flooded areas (delta of Mekong, etc.), natural resources management, sustainable tourism.


The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:

  • scientific thinking (hypothesis driven research)
  • academic English
  • teacher training
  • institutional capacity building (incl. in terms of educational/curriculum development)
  • innovation
  • ITS (ICT and applications, big data, digitalisation)


The transversal and priority themes of the Belgian government (gender, environmental sustainability, digitalisation for development, human rigths approach and private sector links) were also brought up and are taken into account within the clusters.  


More information on the VLIR-UOS country strategy process for Cambodia.

Background documents

VLIR-UOS compiled documents are work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated.


  • The Cambodia Fact Sheet is a draft summary on the general status of the country with specific attention for the development aid actors as well as the sector of higher education.
  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Cambodia. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Cambodia and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and synergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Cambodia. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Cambodia. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.
  • Background document Cambodia. This document gives basic information on the VLIR-UOS country strategy, the link with the Joint Strategic Framework Cambodia and information on the programmes of other Belgian non-governmental actors active in Cambodia.



Christophe Goossens

Programme Officer South

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