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Our Origins

MRDC started in 2010, with an official opening ceremony on 17 December – please see special report.

We have three main functions.

1  To collect, gather and classify all available research data and information regarding the environment, culture, history and development of Mondulkiri, and facilitate public access to and use of this knowledge.

2  To facilitate coordination and sharing among all the active stakeholders in the province while creating a focal point for them.

3  To contribute to the development of local cultural enterprise activities.

In later pages, we publish activity reports on how we advance these functions with Indigenous Communities.

The idea behind the MRDC emerged over several years and through wide consultation with many stake-holders, including with elders and respected members of communities.  As can be seen from this website and Nomad RSI’s website a variety of people contribute immensely to the maintenance and preservation of culture.  They include Traditional Health Practitioners and Birth Attendants, much revered and respected, for whom separate publications and research reports are avilable via the Nomad website or by request to our contacts.

The efforts of these contributors have been recognised by the other stakeholders who were instrumental in realising their aspirations.  UNESCO and ILO through the Creative Industries Support project with Village Focus International (VFI) with Mr Bill Herod, played vital roles in the formulation of the plans with Nomad RSI, then securing funding for the first year.  Various authorities gave their approvals as well as support as did other NGOs.  Technical training was given by Ms. Margaret Bywater at the Library of the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

We have two regular full-time staff whose profiles can be viewed in our first newsletter.

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