ACCESS Governance

Crucial to the success of the program is the establishment of effective governance arrangements that will ensure alignment with Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) priorities and engagement of all relevant actors. The ACCESS governance structure includes a Steering Committee, two workstream working groups and the Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel.


ACCESS Steering Committee


The ACCESS Steering Committee (ASC) provides strategic guidance to the ACCESS Program and reviews the program’s progress. It provides strategic direction and ensures the Program is implemented according to ACCESS agreed principles. Its role is to ensure:

  • The program aligns with existing priorities and policies of the RGC with a focus on the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP) and the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW) and complies with international commitments under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  • The program is making best use of its resources to supplement RGC investment in GBV and disability sectors.
  • Strong partnership between ACCESS key implementing partners.
  • Local ownership.
  • Strong coherence between key program components.
  • A high level of engagement of all actors and effective resource allocation and utilisation.

Members of the ACCESS Steering Committee include:
1. MOWA Secretary of State or equivalent, represented by HE Hou Samith
2. MOSVY Secretary of State or equivalent, represented by HE Sem Sokha
3. DAC Secretary General or equivalent, represented by HE Em Chan Makara
4. MEF Deputy Director General/Director General or equivalent, represented by HE Dr, Srey Vuth
5. Embassy of Australia represented by the Deputy Head of Mission
6. ACCESS Team Leader

Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel (CIMP)


The ACCESS CIMP manages the grant selection process. Its role is to ensure:

  • Mechanism proposed for grant selection will ensure maximum program effectiveness and efficient use of the program resources.
  • Selection of program grantees is conducted in a transparent manner, on the basis of priorities set up by the Steering Committee and workstreams and against pre-agreed criteria.
  • Selected proposals demonstrate highest quality standards and align with government priorities for the respective sectors.

CIMP members include representatives from DFAT, MOWA, MOSVY, DAC, MEF, the ACCESS program team and one independent member.

ACCESS Disability and GBV Working Groups


The ACCESS Disability and GBV Working Groups provide oversight and technical advice relevant to activities under the two workstreams in line with the NDSP and NAPVAW.
The role of the Working Groups is primarily to ensure that:

  • ACCESS interventions in the GBV and disability sectors, including under the Competitive Investment Mechanism, are consistent with the priorities and the policies of the RGC, especially NDSP and NAPVAW.
  • ACCESS activities are coordinated and demonstrate strong complementarities
  • Implementation is consistent with the agreed action plan and contributes to ACCESS intermediate outcomes and end of program outcomes.
  • Disability/GBV stakeholders are regularly consulted on strategic decisions.

The ACCESS Disability and GBV Working Group members are limited in number to allow for efficient decision-making processes. Initially made up of a core group of RGC officials representing the various sectors involved in the implementation of NDSP and NAPVAW, the working groups will later include ACCESS-selected grantees.