ACCESS Reflection Workshop: Learning from the Past to Improve Future Practices

ACCESS Reflection Workshop: Learning from the Past to Improve Future Practices

On 13 October 2022, with support from the Australian Government through the Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, a reflection workshop was organised, with approximately 60 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, the Ministry of Interior, the Disability Action Council Secretariate General, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the National Social Security Fund, the Physical Rehabilitation Centres, Persons with Disabilities Foundation, ACCESS Implementing Partners, and sub-national government counterparts.

The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss and generate lessons learned from the last four years of implementation in relation to the five work areas of the ACCESS program: financial resource mobilisation, capacity development in service standards, coordination mechanisms, evidence-based policies, and empowerment of beneficiaries or their representatives; and to identify actions to further strengthen program achievements in these areas.

The workshop was held in an informal and friendly manner and showcased the environment of trust and partnership that has been built between stakeholders over the years which encouraged frank discussions and candid exchange of views among participants. Several instances of experience and lessons across program areas have been shared and documented which will help to further enhance program implementation.

Ms Srey Linna, Director of the Department of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, expressed that this reflection workshop was very good for her and other participants because it gathered people from government counterparts and NGOs to share and learn from each other about the needs of persons with disabilities. Another participant from Siem Reap, Mr Noeuy Sokneam, Director of Legal Protection Department Office of Women’s Affairs, said that this workshop is very crucial to let participants learn from each other on disability and the Gender-Based Violence Sector, to learn what we achieved and to collect inputs for further steps.