The Asian Vision Institute creates centres to address specific issues and programmes under their mandate. Each centre is entitled to develop its own action plans and raise funds to support its projects and programmes.


1. Mekong Centre for Strategic Studies (MCSS)

There are three programmes under this centre:

  1. geopolitical analysis

  2. foreign policy analysis

  3. human security

Research projects focus on geopolitical analysis with a focus on the geopolitics of the Mekong Region, Cambodia’s foreign policy, great power politics, small states’ diplomacy, human security, and ASEAN.

The flagship event of the centre is the annual Mekong Strategic Forum, which promotes understanding of the geopolitics of the Mekong Region, promotes regional cooperation in addressing human security, and deepens regional economic integration and connectivity.


2. Centre for Governance Innovation and Democracy (CGID)

There are three programmes under this centre:

  1. public sector innovation

  2. policy innovation for an inclusive society (with a focus on centrist democracy and social market economy)

  3. urban development and innovation 

Research projects focus on:

  1. Democratic governance, including civic participation and responsible citizenry, linking technology and artificial intelligence in the democratisation process

  2. Innovations in government and institutional reforms, including public leadership and public policy consultations, using data and technology in conducting policy research to provide evidence-based policy analysis

  3. Dynamic City Development Initiatives, including the use of technology in core projects and pilot projects, in selected urban areas or major towns

The flagship event of the centre is the annual Asia Governance Innovation Forum to promote dialogue and knowledge sharing on governance innovation with case studies and lessons learned from Asian countries.


3. Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)

There are three programmes under this centre:

  1. ecological risk analysis

  2. international partnership for sustainable development

  3. social innovation for sustainable development, with the participation from civil society

Research projects focus on sustainable development experiences in Asia, with a focus on Cambodia and the Mekong region, and rural development and innovation.

The flagship event of the center is the annual Mekong Sustainable Development Dialogue with a focus on case studies of sustainable development from the region.


4. Centre for Culture and Peace Studies (CCPS)

The centre has three programmes:

  1. culture-governance connections

  2. religious harmony

  3. culture-peace-development nexus

Research projects concentrate on creative industry, technology and cultural connectivity, cultural governance, cultural diplomacy, and culture-peace-development nexus.  

The flagship event is the annual Asia Diversity Forum, in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), with the aim to promote dialogues and knowledge on how to promote and harness cultural diversity for peace, unity and prosperity.


5. Centre for Inclusive Digital Economy (CIDE)

The centre aims to:

  1. Conduct public policy research on inclusive digital economy with a focus on people-centred digitalisation;

  2. Promote multi-stakeholder dialogue and consultation on how Cambodia could better embrace digital economy and benefit from the fourth industrial revolution;

  3. Assess public-private partnership investment in digital infrastructure to improve Cambodia’s global competitiveness and improve the efficiency of public service delivery;

  4. Raise public awareness about how societies and communities can function to create value added and take full advantage of the digital government; and

  5. Explore variants of the architecture of a vibrant digital society and provide policy options to the government and stakeholders.

Key activities and major milestones of the CIDE mandate are as follows:

  1. Conducting needs-based policy research on inclusive digital economy;

  2. Organising training programmes, workshops, and seminars on inclusive digital economy and people-centred digitalisation involving other stakeholders;

  3. Raising public awareness on cybersecurity and productive use of cyberspace to ensure a fair share of digital dividends;

  4. Conducting policy consultations with the government, private sector, and stakeholders about how to best leverage their strengths and opportunities in the digital age;

  5. Publishing policy papers, research reports, policy briefs or policy notes, policy perspectives, research highlights, and books; and presenting research findings and policy perspectives in knowledge-sharing programmes to university students, academic and research networks, and policy-makers.