Founded by Ou Virak in late 2015, Future Forum is an independent think tank that focuses on research, analysis, and public policy, representing a dynamic response to an identified “policy gap” in Cambodia.

  • Vision: A just, democratic, dynamic and prosperous Cambodia shaped by the needs of its people rather than its rulers.
  • Mission: “Public. Policy. Forward.” Nurture a community of young thinkers, develop positive policy solutions, and engender critical debate, moulding the future of Cambodia.
  • Core values: Nurture, Create, Debate.
  • Objectives: 1) Facilitating intellectual research and analysis to positively influence the policy narrative in Cambodia at a local, national and international level; and 2) Employing evidence-based policy debate, analysis and recommendations to inspire Cambodian people – especially youth – to achieve democratic, political and socio-economic change that will benefit all people of Cambodia.

Future Forum’s Main Activities

Future Forum incorporates four programmatic pillars to support the successful proliferation of our mission and vision:

  • Young Researchers Program (YRP) is an intensive, one-year policy training and coaching program designed for recent Cambodian graduates and young professionals. Through individualized training and mentoring, the YRP aims to empower Cambodian youth to become competent in policy research and analysis so that they can influence and contribute to shaping public policy discourse by serving in government, civil society, tertiary education, or research institutions.
  • Policy Lab is Future Forum’s civic education and training platform, designed to motivate, train, mentor, and promote Cambodian researchers, students, and professionals in critical, systematic, creative, and equity-oriented policy making.
  • The Community of Researchers is a network of both internal and external researchers who engage in opportunities to network with other members of the community and work in collaboration with other members of the community.
  • The Cambodia Outlook program works to support the development of policy-oriented solutions through multiple mediums of publication (books, reports, briefs, snapshots, commentary pieces, and our annual journal).

In addition to these four core programmatic areas, Future Forum has identified three priority study areas on which to focus in-house training and publication. Each is based on a pressing need in modern Cambodia: Development Studies, Education Studies, and Urban Studies.

Partnership with Ponlok Chomnes

The partnership with Ponlok Chomnes centers on improving the capacity of our flagship Young Researchers Program in terms of substance, quantity of intakes, and scalability of the program. Concomitantly, Future Forum will also channel the fund to improve its organizational and technical capacities.

Publications by Future Forum under Ponlok Chomnes Program

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