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Cambodia’s character and identity are deeply influenced by its religious heritage. The population is overwhelmingly Buddhist (95 percent), with small but significant religious minorities with historic roots. An estimated 3,000 local and international NGOs are active on the ground in Cambodia, many founded on religious principles. In the post-Khmer Rouge era, local Buddhist communities have also become increasingly socially engaged in issues such as the environment and sustainable livelihoods.

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Faith and Development in Cambodia Interview Series

Faith and Development in Cambodia Interview Series

This page spotlights interviews conducted in conjunction with WFDD's investigation into the links between faith and development in Cambodia as part of an effort aimed at increasing understanding of faith-inspired development work, and of identifying…


Report January 17, 2014

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Cambodia: Faith Dimensions

This report, WFDD's first to focus on the public health sector in Cambodia, explores the complex linkages between faith and efforts (national and international) to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rates. It explores the main causes of maternal mortality and highlights the deep historical roots of Cambodia’s maternal health challenges. It outlines the government’s policy response and…

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