An analysis of the situation of children and adolescents in Cambodia

The SITAN analysis highlights tremendous achievements made by Cambodia in advancing children's rights and reveals challenges along with recommendations to address them


This SITAN shows that Cambodia is a dynamic nation full of potential and opportunity. Indeed, the country has demonstrated its commitment to investing in child survival; quality education; child protection; health and nutrition and social protection systems.

In June 2022, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued its latest findings on the progress of Cambodia in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, welcoming the legislative, institutional, and policy measures that enshrine children’s rights as major steps towards a future where children are guaranteed the health care, nutrition, protection and education they need, deserve, and are entitled to.

However, despite this progress, the SITAN clearly reveals that children are caught in a polycrisis. Nearly half of the country’s population aged up to 17 years experience multiple deprivations.

This analysis makes a wide range of recommendations. These include focusing more attention on strengthening the capacities of actors at all levels for the implementation of programs focused on children’s rights and developing cost-effective and innovative models for achieving these at a decentralized level.

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UNICEF, Kevin Byrne