Development in Cambodia: A Mosaic of Faith Engagement
Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia's fastest developing countries, notwithstanding one of the world's worst genocides less than a generation ago. Wide international engagement, involving a myriad of actors, touches virtually all sectors, including economic development, education, healthcare, and human rights. Development actors include well-know faith-inspired organizations active throughout the country, engaged on virtually every development challenge. Their work, however, has been less well known. Rarely is the experience of these numerous and very diverse organizations fully captured in policy debates. Few are engaged systematically in efforts to coordinate and harmonize development finance and action.
On November 14, 2011, from 12:00-1:15 at 5 Ivy Lane Seminar Room at Princeton University, the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), Princeton in Asia (PIA), the Center for the Study of Religion, and The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, will convene a lunchtime conversation about WFDD and PIA's now three-year partnership. WFDD, a small, non-profit, research NGO housed at Georgetown University, explores the complex intersections of faith and development, both in Cambodia and globally. WFDD executive director and Princeton alumna, Katherine Marshall (WWS '69GS), former PIA in Cambodia fellow, Michael Scharff '08, and Dean of Religious Life, Rev. Alison Boden, will discuss highlights of Cambodia's unique development challenges, the diverse actors at work there, and present and potential roles of faith-inspired organizations, both in Cambodia and globally, in context.