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Call for Presentations
2013 Annual Symposium:
“Cambodia Tomorrow: Development Research Priorities for a Middle-Income Country”
17-18 September 2013 at Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh

Symposium Theme
The annual Research Symposium, established since 2008, is a key activity of the Development Research Forum (DRF). It is organised by a partnership of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodian Economic Association (CEA), Learning Institute (LI), National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC), with the financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
This year’s forum will bring together about 250 Cambodian researchers, academics, practitioners, policy makers and development partners to discuss the insights generated by the six Research Interest Groups on the themes (1) growth and inclusiveness, (2) governance of natural resources, (3) social policy—education, (4) social policy—health, (5) agricultural development, and (6) Cambodia and its region. The challenges most middle-income countries are now facing create the unique synergy that links these six research themes.
The synergy is expected to draw useful lessons from the experiences of other ASEAN economies to identify regional and national policy research priorities that can inform debate and policy development in various sectors and subsectors to help Cambodia avoid the middle-income trap.
Symposium Objectives
•    To share experiences and learn the pathways and pitfalls to avoid the middle-income trap
•    To propose research priorities that can contribute to policy development
•    To build a Cambodian research community that creates and shares knowledge through quality policy relevant research on emerging issues for Cambodia’s development.
Call for Presentations
The 2013 Symposium is an opportunity for research institutions, researchers, practitioners, lecturers, professors and students to share the findings of their research studies on issues specifically affecting Cambodia as a middle-income country in such areas as economic growth, natural resource management, higher education and skill development, health research and education, agricultural and rural development, and  regional cooperation. The presentations should highlight experiences, challenges and lessons learnt with recommendations on research priorities for a middle-income country.
Submission Guidelines
All abstracts should be submitted in English (and Khmer if available) to Mr Sao Lay Hour at by 31 August 2013. The abstract should be less than 300 words and comprise the title, a concise description of the research topic, objectives, methodology and major findings. Please download the following references: the abstract format and guidelineSymposium Concept Notesubmission form for English Abstract and Submission form for Khmer Abstract. These references can also be downloaded from DRF Website

The Symposium Organising Committee will select abstracts and notify the successful authors by 03 September 2013 for full paper preparation and submission.