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From August 2nd to 5th, 2021, the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation (CDPO), in collaboration with the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and the General Secretariat for the National Social Protection Council (GS- NSPC), held an introductory training on disability and social protection for Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs). Through the support of the ACCESS Program, funded by the Government of Australia, the four-day training was attended [...]


With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) chairs a quarterly meeting on the ACCESS Gender-Based Violence Workstream. The seventh quarterly meeting was held on August 2nd, 2021. The objective of the meeting was to review the progress of the activities of ACCESS’ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) workstream, review and discuss implementation challenges and solutions, identify next quarter’s priorities based on lessons learnt, and strengthen the collaboration [...]


Mr Kheng Pirun, aged 28, has a wife and baby and lives in Kampong Cham. Pirun is living with paraplegia. His paraplegia was the result of a workplace accident after he tragically fell from a roof in 2019 when he was working as a welder and labourer on a construction site in Phnom Penh. After returning to Kampong Cham, Pirun’s village chief introduced him to the local Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), supported by the Australian Government through the ACCESS program. [...]


On 29th July 2021, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS) co-chaired the meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender-Gender-Based Violence (TWGG-GBV). Approximately 100 members of the TWGG-GBV attended from 17 relevant ministries and institutions, 22 civil society organizations, three development partners, members of the ACCESS team and representatives from the Australian Embassy to Cambodia. [...]


The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program bade farewell to Mr. Luke Arnold, Deputy Ambassador of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia. Over the past three years, Mr. Arnold has contributed greatly to the ACCESS program, working to improve the sustainability, quality and inclusiveness of services for persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence (GBV). Mr. Arnold frequently shared his knowledge and experience with the Program team in addition to working with RGC counterparts and engaging [...]


On 20th July 2021, Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International hosted a reflection meeting on the policy brief on the intersectionality between Disability Inclusion (DI) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The meeting was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Service (ACCESS) Program and its objectives were to share and jointly reflect on the key messages and recommendations of the policy paper. (more…)


During the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups, in particular persons with disabilities and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), have faced an increased level of stress and isolation. Therefore, remote psychological support plays an important role to ensure the continuation of service provision during the pandemic. The Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Service (ACCESS) Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and Implementing Partners (IPs) to provide sustainable and equitable services to persons [...]


On 1st July 2021, the Disability Action Council-Secretariat General (DAC-SG) and Kampong Cham Provincial DAC co-organised a virtual training on project cycle with a focus on the development of action plans and monitoring at Kampong Cham. This training was provided with the technical support from the UNDP through the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The objective of this training was to strengthen the understanding of the key concepts of action plan development and monitoring and to [...]


On 25 June 2021, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Ben Gauntlett, and the Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Mr. Luke Arnold, held a dialogue  with His Excellency Em Chan Makara, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY) and the Secretary General of the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Cambodia’s newly proposed Disability Law. The purpose of the meeting was to share and discuss mutual experiences and best practices on the [...]