Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Prime Minister Hun Sen points on a map to Cambodia's Block A offshore oil concession, where KrisEnergy has extracted the nation's first drops of oil, in a photo posted to his Facebook page on December 29, 2020.

Indebted Oil Company Reports Lower-Than-Expected Oil at Cambodian Block

KrisEnergy has warned that its current production rate at Cambodia’s Apsara offshore oil block has yielded only around half the company’s projected peak rate, and it has extended debt repayment deadlines and brought in an engineering firm to assess the situation amid “material uncertainty … to continue as a going concern.”

A building leftover from the flooded Kbal Romeas commune in Stung Treng province on September 22, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Pandemic ‘Exposed Cambodia’s Structural Weaknesses’: World Bank

The World Bank projected 4 percent GDP growth for Cambodia this year as the region starts to recover from the global pandemic-induced economic downturn, but noted continuing issues with the country’s tourism- and garment-driven economy as well as a high risk of lasting income inequality.

Cambodian journalists cover in an event in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Opinion: Women’s Challenges in Newsrooms Are Going Unreported

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we gathered our own experiences, and the perspectives of several other women and men in newsrooms, to open a discussion about equity in journalism — whether the issues are about newsroom culture or punishable by law.

Environment Ministry spokesperson Neth Pheaktra shows confiscated chainsaws at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary during a government-organized trip, on February 14, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Report Connects Prey Lang Deforestation to Community Patrol Crackdown

A new report from the Prey Lang Community Network links increasing deforestation in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary to a yearlong ban on independent patrols, as forest activists were this year again stopped from activities in the forest and conducting their annual tree-blessing ceremony.

Buildings in Phnom Penh, on February 17, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Real Estate Firm Warns of Market Risks From Pandemic, Oversupply

Though the country has so far weathered the pandemic without massive viral outbreaks, the risks are piling up on Cambodia’s real estate market after years of rapid growth and high profit, according to an international property research and sales firm.

A map showing more than 800 hectares of sea off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province's Prey Nob district privatized in 2019 and 2020 for Canopy Sands Development and unspecified purposes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Prince-Linked Firm Pours Sand Into 400 Hectares of Bay Without Study

A company with powerful shareholders is creating a new coastline in Ream by pouring an estimated 100 million tons of sand into the Gulf of Thailand. After a year of filling, company and government officials say they’re still in the process of assessing potential environmental and social impacts.