Date of Completion


Degree Type

Honors Thesis - Campus Access


Economics (ECON)

First Advisor

Dorothea Herreiner, Ph.D.


Cambodia is a Least Developed Country showing many outward signs of economic improvement, but a closer examination of the country's capacity for future growth reveals many hurdles in the sections of government accountability and human development. The corruption which has stemmed from years of exploitative government practices has spread throughout the whole of Cambodian society and made it difficult for already marginalized groups to achieve healthy human and economic development. In an attempt to understand how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can most effectively address this problem, I analyzed their past success in solving other national issues, using the progress of the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals as an indicator. When assessing what troubling issues have the significance to play a major role in hampering the future growth of the Cambodian economy, it became clear that NGOs must focus more of their resources on solving the land-grabbing endemic as well as preparing the disproportionately large population of youth with the tools they need to enter the workforce through vocational education and training programs. Successful endeavors in both of these areas will result from the empowerment of the lower class and will provide Cambodia with the stability and foundation necessary to continue with sustainable economic growth.