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The Asian Vision Institute creates five centres to address specific issues and carry out programmes under their respective mandates. 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 main activities under this centre:

  1. Geopolitical and geo-economic analysis;
  2. Foreign policy analysis; and
  3. Capacity development programme on geopolitical analysis.

The centre’s areas of research focus on geopolitical and geo-economic analysis with a focus on the Mekong region and beyond, Cambodia’s foreign policy, great power politics, small states’ diplomacies, human security, and ASEAN. Besides, the centre has collaborated with our partners to conduct joint research, implement book project, and organise events including workshops, conferences, seminars and webinars.

Its flagship event is the annual Mekong Strategic Forum, which aims to conduct geopolitical and geo-economic mapping of the Mekong region, promote regional cooperation in addressing human security, and deepen regional economic integration and connectivity.

2. Centre for Governance Innovation and Democracy (CGID)

There are three main activities under this centre:

  1. Public sector innovation;
  2. Policy innovation for an inclusive society (with a focus on centrist democracy and social market economy); and 
  3. Young Political Leaders training programme.

Research areas focus on:

  1. Democratic governance, including the promotion of civic participation and responsible citizenry and the utilisation of technology and artificial intelligence in the democratisation process;
  2. Innovations in government and institutional reforms, including the promotion of public leadership and public policy consultations and the integration of technology in policy research to provide concrete data for policy analysis; and 
  3. Dynamic City Development Initiatives, focusing particularly on the use of technology in both core and pilot projects in selected urban areas or major towns.

The centre’s flagship event is the annual Asia Think Tank Forum, which aims to promote dialogues and knowledge sharing about emerging governance issues and innovative solutions in Asia.

3. Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)

The centre’s areas of research focus on sustainable and inclusive development and environmental management experiences and practices and rural development innovations in Asia, within the scope of Cambodia and the Mekong region.

There are three main practical activities under CSDS:

  1. TECHO 100-Village Project;
  2. AVI-SGDs Dialogue; and
  3. Sustainability Leadership Training Programme

The flagship event of CSDS is the annual Smart Village Dialogue which focuses on case studies from the region about sustainable development and smart village development.

4. Centre for Culture and Peace Studies (CCPS)

There are three main activities under this centre:

  1. Culture-driven development;
  2. Religious harmony; and 
  3. Training programme on Cultural Diplomacy.

The centre’s areas of research concentrate on creative industry, technology and cultural connectivity, cultural governance, cultural diplomacy, and culture-peace-development nexus.  

Its flagship event is the annual Asia Diversity Forum, in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), which aims to promote dialogues and knowledge sharing about experiences and methods in promoting and harnessing cultural diversity for peace, unity and prosperity.

5. Centre for Inclusive Digital Economy (CIDE)

There are five key programmes and projects under this centre:

  1. Women’s Digital Entrepreneurship Programme (WDE);
  2. Building Capacity in Cyber Diplomacy;
  3. Digital Talk Series;
  4. CIDE Weekly Digital Digest; and
  5. Startup Solutions.

The main research focuses are:

  1. Digital economy and society;
  2. Cyber security/governance/diplomacy; and
  3. Geopolitics of digital technologies.

CIDE’s flagship event is the seminar series on “AI, Big Data, and Cybersecurity for Industry 4.0” hosted in collaboration with the Cambodia University of Technology and Science (CamTech), Konrad Adenaeur-Stiftung (KAS), Teesside University, Cyber Studies Network (CSN), and AI-Cambodia Forum.