All programs of the Open Institute are strategically implemented to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society.

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 Present Projects
  • Child Friendly Schools Monitoring Modernization

    Open Institute, as a partner of UNICEF, support the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on the modernization of the system used by the Ministry to monitor the improvement of the schools on their goal of being supportive educational centers for the students. The objective of the work is to enable the Ministry to produce as, fast as possible after monitoring them, feedback for the schools that will help them improve the quality of the education they render to students and the conditions under which this education takes place. The system will also allow the Ministry to supervise how the monitoring takes place and how individual schools and the whole system advance towards true child friendly schools.


  • USAID Cambodia Countering Trafficking in Persons Program

    The program, led by Winrock, and with the participation of International Justice Mission (IJM) and Open Institute, works to strengthen the Royal Government of Cambodia's capacity to design, lead, coordinate and evaluate in-country and regional efforts to combat all forms of trafficking in persons; enhance survivor protection and care services of all forms of trafficking in persons; improve law enforcement capacity to identify and prosecute traffickers and crimes related to trafficking; and promote effective national and local prevention strategies to reduce trafficking in persons.

    Open Institute's participation in this programs involves developing and managing a multi-technology employment service specifically aimed at unskilled and low-skilled workers, helping them find work in Cambodia in the four main sectors that employ unskilled or low-skilled workers: garment, construction, hospitality and security. By facilitating national work, Open Institute expects to help reduce international migration, reducing also the risk of trafficking in persons. Open Insitute also supports Winrocks efforst through research and electronic data collection.


  • Human Rights Based Spatial Planning (HRBSP)

    The Open Institute provides technical support to this three 3-year project funded by the EU and by the Czech Cooperation Agency. The project, led by People in Need, and with the participation of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD), and Open Institute, involves:

    a) Mapping, enumerating and undertaking legal land tenure surveys in the urban poor communities excluded from the systematic land titling process in Phnom Penh; b) Participatory preparation of onsite re-development plans with an aim to identify win-win solutions for the communities, private developers and local authorities; c) Environmental sanitation and small scale infrastructure upgrades in the selected communities, and d) Supporting the Phnom Penh Municipality led Urban Poor Poverty Reduction Working Group.

    Open Institute's participation in this project involves developing and facilitating the use of data collection tools for collecting information on land claims, and using this data to automatically generate personalized legal advice sheets about each claim. For this work the Open Institute uses and develops on top of the open source application "Open Tenure" designed and created by FAO.


  • USAID Social Health Development 

    Open Institute participation in this project, led by University Research Corp. (URC), involves developing the necessary tools for collecting data on patients in health centers around the country, and uploading it to the national databases of the Ministry of Health.


  • USAID Quality Health Services

    Open Institute participation in this project, also led by University Research Corp. (URC), involves making automatic phone calls to mothers of newborn children with pre-recorded messages that communicate important information for their health and the health of the baby. Data on mothers of newborn babies is produced by the work beign done in the Social Health Protection project.


  • Khmer Software Initiative

    This program is the key fundamental and supporting program to all other programs of the Open Institute. This program open doors to computer program localization and development in Cambodia with the vision that language will not be a barrier to access technology, development and learning. The mission of the program is to ensure that local language echnology is available to as many people as possible, and that it is used for cultural, educational and economic growth.


  • Open Schools Program

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Open Institute jointly implement the Open Schools program with a belief that effective use of ICT can improve the quality of education. The program is committed to ensure the development of all the necessary tools required to improve the quality of education through the use of ICT, including the necessary plans, computer programs in Khmer language, curricula, distance learning methodology, training materials, and technology for sustainability. The Program will also ensure that teachers receive the necessary training and support. A Master Plan and Action Plan of ICT in Education will be one of the key important results of the program.

Past projects

  • SPICE - Structuring Partnerships for an Innovative Communications Environment

    The USAID-funded SPICE program, implemented by the Open Institute, facilitates social and business innovation using communications technology and improves communications in Khmer via mobile devices. The purpose of the program is to build on partnerships between technology-oriented civil society organizations (CSOs) and private sector entities to utilize existing technologies to promote and deliver a greater diversity of information to the public, improve communications in Khmer using mobile devices, and increase the capacity of CSOs to use social media for development purposes.


  • Women's Empowerment for Social Change

    This program aims at improving social and gender equality through advocacy and the promotion of information sharing and communication. This program also creates stronger synergy among the women's organizations and women activists through the open space for sharing and discussing women issues on the Women's Web Portal. Women's Empowerment for Social Change is designed to help women exercise their rights in a balanced way and can build competence to become self-sufficient, with improved women's participation in social, economic and political life, the program also provides capacity building, forum discussions on key women's issues and research on women and ICT.

  • ICT4D Cambodia Network

    Information and Communication for Development, shortened ICT4D is an approach of using various forms of communication technologies in development work to improve the life by closing the big gap between populations in the developed and developing world in terms of “access to” and “skills” in the use of ICT. In other words, ICT4D means not only using new technology BUT also providing ‘Information’ and training capacity to use ICT  to improve the life in developing countries. In Cambodia’s context, people have already been using communication tools to give and get informations simply to improve their livelihoods. Ever since they have born, people have sought information from one another. Although telecommunications services were initially limited to the government, after the fall of Khmer Rouge in 1989, advances in communications helped break down the country’s isolation, both internally and internationally. The past, people used old technology such as newspapers, written documents, TV andradio,. Nevertheless, the modern technology like Internet, social media, mobile phones, and especially smart phones have changed the way people live their lives and access information. But to do this they often need some understanding and knowledge of how to use these technologies. The recent mobile trends in Cambodia revealed that even if the overview of the Internet penetration might seem low (5% of the population), the mobile subscription penetration on the other hand is really strong (126% when Global Average rate is 89%). Furthermore the country experiences a 3G penetration of 13,8% with 1.1 million people (namely 7% of the population) connecting to the social medias from mobile device, quoted from Mobile Trends Cambodia 2014. However, Cambodia’s illiteracy and poverty rate are still a major concern for marginalized groups. This makes it more difficult for the poor and marginalized groups to access and have the skill in the use of ICTs. Read more ....     

  • Promoting Youth Engagement in Development through the use of ICT” project (PYD_ICT)    
    This project aims to promote the use of ICT to young people and councilors through workshops, training sessions and social media. It is funded by the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), and implemented by Open Institute and its partners, Khmer Youth for Social Development (KYSD), and People Health Development Association (PHD). Voice of Democracy (VOD) and the National League of Commune/Sangkat (NLC/S) are project's cooperative institutions. From July 2013 to October 2014 the project endeavors to develop the capacity of young people and commune councilors to access and share information and promote social dialogue, thus improving their knowledge of, and participation in democracy. The three main components of the project are: 1) training on good governance, access to information, development/democracy, and how ICT is used to promote communication, 2) Dialogue on Democracy enabling young people and councilors to collaborate through forums, debates and seminars, 3) the Democracy information campaign, whereby target groups will be encouraged to share information on democracy through websites, social media, mailing lists, video clips etc. Read More....
  • Lexicography

    Starting as a project to create electronic tools to support the use of Khmer language (a spell-checker and an electronic dictionary), the project has digitalized all the existing lexicographic resources for Khmer (old dictionaries, etc.), most of them almost lost after the Khmer Rouge genocide. Also, as the reference dictionary for the Khmer language only defines 17.000 of the almost 50.000 current words (without entering into specific fields), advancement on Khmer Lexicography must go through the writing of definitions for many of these words that still do not have them. This is a long process, but the project has started it, hoping that in a few years, with this and other efforts, it will be possible to write a dictionary of the Khmer language with all 50.000 definitions.

Past programs of the Open Institute:

The chart below show well interaction and junction of all programs of the Open Institute:

For detailed information of each program, please visit each program section.