Opinion

Opinion: Revitalizing Phnom Penh’s Streets as Destinations

Phnom Penh’s streets are among the city’s few fully public spaces, and are key to a more vibrant and livable city. Future Forum fellow Ses Aronsakda floats an idea for turning St. 184 into a people-friendly “shared street” from riverside to Monivong Blvd.

A district security guard blocks a journalist covering the NagaWorld casino labor dispute on March 15, 2022.

Opinion: Defending the News That’s Fit to Print

Assaults on news media leave a huge gap, too easily filled by social media disinformation. Chaos in information plays out well for autocrats, who are happy to demonize those challenging false narratives, writes Annie Game, director of free expression group IFEX.

A woman wearing a mask sits behind police barricades during the strike against Nagaworld on December 19, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Opinion: Is Protest Contradictory to Cambodian Womanhood?

City Hall has said that NagaWorld women protesters have shown behavior “not suitable as Khmer women.” But why is this protest, and so many others in Cambodia, made up of mostly women? And is the act of protest really contradictory to the idea of Cambodian womanhood?

Bank and microfinance institution offices in Phnom Penh (Matt Surrusco)

Opinion: Amid Rising Debt, a Case for Personal Bankruptcy Law, Stronger Protections

Overindebtedness was a growing problem in Cambodia even before the pandemic struck. According to the Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey of 2019-2020, the average outstanding loan of $4,435 per household was an increase of around 85 percent compared to 2017 and a significant increase of 339 percent compared to 2014.

Dry seeding using the ‘KID’ seeder machine is trialed in Battambang province on May 17, 2018. (Bob Martin)

Opinion: Supporting Innovation Among Cambodia’s Rice Farmers

In the face of worsening climate change, the extent to which Cambodian farmers are supported to adapt will have significant ramifications for livelihoods, communities’ food security, the environment and the economy, writes University of Sydney professor Daniel Tan.

A Phnom Penh parking lot, on March 9, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Opinion: Less Parking Space Is Actually Good for a City

Total parking area roughly the size of Russey Keo district is needed to cater for Phnom Penh’s increasing number of cars, writes Future Forum researcher Ses Aronsakda. But even putting aside this impracticality, adding more parking to a city creates its own problems.