Celebrating the National and International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Launching an Employment Application and Disability Information Management System

Celebrating the National and International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Launching an Employment Application and Disability Information Management System

The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program celebrated the 23rd National Day for Persons with Disabilities and the 39th International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December 2021. In partnership with the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY), the team supported the development and launch of the “OAKAS” App and a Disability Information Management System (DIMS). This year IDPD celebrated under the theme: ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.

The main aim of IDPD is to raise awareness and promote a call to action towards the rights of persons with disabilities and their full inclusion in our society. The “AOKAS” App has been developed with the purpose to contribute to the promotion of economic opportunities for persons with disabilities. This app is a significant milestone for the Government of Cambodia, in particular the DWPD of MOSVY, to facilitate job-matching opportunities for persons with disabilities and assist with job searches, job postings, and digital data management.

The Government of Australia, through the ACCESS Program, provides technical support to DWPD to contribute to the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities. This support includes the development of an Employment Application “AOKAS”, the set-up of DIMS and hotline 1270 all of which contribute to the promotion of equal access of persons with disabilities to economic opportunities and Disability Identification Cards for future benefits, including cash transfers, access to public services, and access to economic opportunities. As of October 2021, a total of 4,170 persons with disabilities had received access to economic opportunities, while personal protective equipment, including 9,425 boxes of surgical masks, 7,400 cloth masks, 26,800 bottles of disinfecting alcohol and hand sanitisers were provided to 9,595 persons with disabilities and 193 service providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.E Touch Channy, Technical Director General at MOSVY stated that the launch of the “AOKAS” App and DIMS for persons with disabilities was a significant milestone and contribution towards improving public services for persons with disabilities. He recommended that persons with disabilities should consider strengthening their skills (hard and soft skills) to align with market needs. He appreciated the support from the Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, in collaboration with the DWPD for this initiative and other support aimed at disability inclusion in Cambodia.

Ms Anne Roue-KHIEV, ACCESS Team Leader, expressed, “Congratulations MoSVY, and especially the DWPD for the remarkable work achieved throughout our partnership. As we celebrate leadership and participation of persons with disabilities, I would like to call for a recognition of the contribution of women with disabilities to our society.”

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with MoSVY, the Disability Action Council and line ministries to support the implementation of the National Disability Strategy Plan and to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Cambodia.