Political Empowerment Academy 2021

The Political Empowerment Academy is organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Cambodia with the support of our partner, Politikoffee. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) recognizes youth as a positive force for transformative positive social changes and aims to enhance their participation in Cambodian politics. The political participation of young people needs to be meaningful and effective, going beyond token gestures. This requires that young people have fundamental knowledge on politics and leadership skills, as well as a strong connection between each other in order to be able to share experiences, build trust in a polarized political environment, collaborate and support each other. Through the annual academy, launching for the first time in spring 2019 and second time in late 2020, this year 2021 we aim to continue supporting the active participation of youth in political processes and empower the next generation of political, governmental and civil society leaders.


Call for Applications:

The Political Empowerment Academy (PEA) seeks to enhance political participation of young people in Cambodia with the aim to empower them to be the driving force for a positive social change and to be the next generation of political, governmental, and civil society leaders for the country. To this end, the academy is particularly seeking to attract the participation from Cambodian young people who are keen in engaging in the field of politics and sociality.

This academy will last for 4 days (August 12th-15th, 2020) at a further-decided province outside the Phnom Penh and will gather political-interested youths from different spheres and institutions to learn, discuss, analyze, and reflect the matter of politics within the selected themes in general and in Cambodia context, as well as to transform those politics and social-related ideas into an implementable project which will benefit Cambodian society as a whole.

Applications are now open for young politicians, actors of civil society as well as young professionals in state institutions. Any interested applicants are invited to complete the online application by July 02nd, 2021. Only successful candidates will be notified. Significant weight will be given to the applicant's motivation and willingness to participate in the academy. Working language of the 4-days academy will be Khmer and English.

What PEA aims:

To boost participation and empower young people in Cambodian political processes

To promote an open and friendly environment for political and social discussion among Cambodian young people

To expand a network of and establish a dialogue among high potential and politically interested youth from different political perspectives

To enable youths to transform their ideas and willingness into an input for a better social and political environment in the country

What You can Benefits:

4-days learning, and engaging and a life-time network building with experts and other participants with different background and experiences in the socio-political field

Skill improvement: critical thinking, communication, debate, project implementation, etc.

Knowledge improvement: politics in general and in Cambodian context, governance, etc,

A chance to implement own project with the support from KAS

A certificate after the successful completion of the Academy

Participation in the Academy is free of charge. KAS will cover all costs related to participation in the Academy. In addition, the participants will be provided relevant document kits during the Academy

Who do we look for:

The academy will involve 15-20 Cambodian young individuals who are: 

Politically interested, socially engaged and who ideally have the goal to be part of Cambodian politics in the future

Strongly motivated and committed to be part of the 4-days academy

Members of political parties, civil society activists, civil servants, members of community and municipal council or senior university students

How to apply:

Interested applicants are required to submit two important documents to 

  1. CV
  2. Motivation Letter (Maximum two pages with font: Time New Roman, margin: 1.15 inch for the whole paper) contains of answers to following questions: 
    • Why do want to join the Political Empowerment Academy?
    • What do you think about the roles of youth in digital civic engagement?
    • How would you consider your place in history? 

Important Dates

Call for Applications: June 11th, 2021

Deadline of the Application: July 02nd, 2021

Date of Academy: August 12th-15th, 2021 - Place will be further considered 


For any questions regarding the Academy, applications and practical arrangements, please contact Ms. Chanbormey Long at

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Chanbormey Long

Chanbormey Long

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