The Asia Foundation will support four Policy Research Institutes for institutional and technical research capacity development. The Asia Foundation’s overall approach to providing core funding to partners includes:

  • Demand driven approach to capacity development support
  • Total organizational approach: technical, organizational and policy engagement capabilities
  • Sharing and learning across program partners
  • Focus on organizational change and transformation
  • Sustainability of core funding model for partners

Under Ponlok Chomnes, core partners have an opportunity to receive “core funding” that will allow them to determine their research and capacity development agenda. In addition, partners will have access to a wider network of knowledge ecosystem both in Cambodia and regionally. Partners will be able to strengthen existing and build new network through Ponlok Chomnes convening efforts, including National Policy Forums and Policy Talks. Through these mechanisms, partners will have more opportunity to interact with policy makers at both the national and sub-national level.

The Asia Foundation will apply a “Critical Friend Mentorship” approach. Under this approach, our relationship with partners will go beyond a transactional and hierarchical relationship between grantor and grantee. The Asia Foundation essentially takes on the role of a friend or mentor who can be tapped for resource support and guidance. The Asia Foundation is intensive engagement with partners is crucial to making core funding work, and our program officers for this program are tasked to be out in the field as much as possible supporting partners to understand the program and develop suitable activities.

Four Policy Research Institutes have been identified through Expression of Interest (EOI) for core partners process. They include: