Disability Inclusive Social Protection in Cambodia Reference Group – Meeting No. 2

Disability Inclusive Social Protection in Cambodia Reference Group – Meeting No. 2

On  May 11th 2021, the Australian Government funded, Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, with the technical support and coordination of Development Pathways, organized a second meeting with the Disability Inclusive Social Protection Reference Group. The Disability Inclusive Social Protection Reference Group is extraordinary group created and coordinated by ACCESS team to facilitate and exchange information regarding emerging social protection policies and actions in Cambodia. This group contains of disability inclusion expert, social protection specialist, UN agencies, Donor representative, and Government officials. The first meeting was held in March 2021.

The meeting aimed to share the findings from Development Pathways, who been contracted by the ACCESS Program to undertake a situational analysis of persons with disabilities in Cambodia, assess the effectiveness of the current social protection system and presented recommendations for building a disability inclusive social protection system. The meeting was also meant ​to gather feedback from the reference group on emergent findings, recommendations, suggestions and guidance on next steps –as well as gather updates and information on the context in Cambodia that may impact the project, particularly in relation to emergency cash transfers, the COVID-19 pandemic, disability and social protection legal and policy frameworks and Cambodia’s Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) disability data.

Representatives from the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Statistics (NIS)​​ of Cambodia, National Social Protection Council (NSPC), Consultant to the Ministry of Economic and Finance (MEF), Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation (CDPO), UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, Development Pathways, the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and ACCESS team participated in the meeting.

Development Pathways presented its preliminary findings which resulted in active discussion and the development of possible next steps and recommendations towards inclusive social protection in Cambodia. The group endorsed the proposed recommendations and suggested to further discuss them with related government counterparts to gather more information and suggest items that have been implemented by the government system already including MoSVY and NSPC.

The ACCESS Program is being implemented in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners. It is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to promote disability inclusion in Cambodia.