9th Meeting of the Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel (CIMP) on Support Extended to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

9th Meeting of the Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel (CIMP) on Support Extended to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

On 2 November 2022, the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program organised the 9th meeting of the Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel (CIMP), which was attended by members, including representatives from the Department of Social Development of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Disability Action Council Secretariat General (DAC-SG), the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and an independent member who is a representative of persons with disabilities.

This meeting aimed to review a request for additional funding for the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC) and Legal Aid Cambodia (LAC) during the final year of the ACCESS Program’s implementation, share progress updates on grant implementation, and discuss any other business.

Ms Bou Makara, GBV Lead of the ACCESS Program, presented the proposals from CWCC and LAC, which provided the rationale for seeking an extension of grants to the two Implementing Partners (IPs). Participants also had the opportunity to discuss the proposals.

To conclude the meeting, as agreed by CIMP members and approved by the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, ACCESS Team Leader, announced that the grant allocation for the two IPs would be extended, as it will benefit women, including those with disabilities, who are affected by gender-based violence.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and the IPs to improve the quality of services and disability inclusion for persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV in Cambodia.