UNDP Cambodia concentrates on three major types of work: promoting democratic governance, directly reducing poverty, and managing the environment and energy for sustainable development. A cross-cutting priority is capacity development, working to enhance the ability of individuals, organizations and societies to achieve their own development objectives. UNDP works to protect human rights and empower women.
UNDP's approach to capacity development takes many forms: institutional reform, leadership development, education, training and learning, and accountability and voice mechanisms. UNDP advisors work side by side with Cambodian counterparts to provide a combination of technical advice, conferences, study tours and formal training, as well as coaching and mentoring. The skills transferred through these processes may be as simple as organizing a meeting or as complex as managing a multi-million-dollar budget over several years.