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The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with the Cambodian Government Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Interior and the Disability Action Council, recently conducted a series of sub-national workshops to engage key government and non-government stakeholders from three priority provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kampong Speu) to discuss the implementation and coordination of the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS). Facilitating collaboration [...]


Deputy Ambassador, Luke Arnold, attended the launch of the Physical Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia. These standards, developed by the Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MoLMUPC), and the Disability Action Council (DAC), provide technical guidance for builders, architects and designers to help them design and build a barrier- free environment for persons with disabilities. Our support for this event, including through our Australia-Cambodia [...]


Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), with the support of the ACCESS Program, conducted a consultative workshop with women with disabilities (WWD) on NAPVAW III. This was the first intensive and participatory gathering to provide opportunities for WWD to engage in the discussion on the draft NAPVAW III. A guiding purpose of the workshop was to assess whether NAPVAW III fulfills the gaps and responds to the needs and issues of WWD affected by GBV.


Phnom Penh July 17, 2019: As the final step of making joint plans of activities to support achievement of the National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against Women 2019-2023 and the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023, ACCESS supported the conduct of one and half day workshop on July 16-17 2019 at Phnom Penh Hotel to provide opportunities for partners to ensure the joint plans in the two sectors are comprehensive, feasible and well-coordinated and to foster cross-sectoral collaboration and [...]


Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), in collaboration with ACCESS program, hosted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on Minimum Standards of Basic Counseling (MSBC) for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence for MoWA officials. The purpose of this 3-day intensive and participatory training was to provide orientation to the master trainers on the MSBC Training Manual and to strengthen their capacity to deliver training to relevant stakeholders.


Phnom Penh, on 21st June 2019: The Disability Action Council (DAC) in collaboration the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the ACCESS program organised a Consultative Workshop on Integration of National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP) Priorities into Annual Program Budget of Designated Ministries and Sub-National Administrations. The workshop brought together 45 attendants from DAC, Disability Action Working Groups (DAWG) of relevant line Ministries, the National Committee for sub-national Democratic Development (NCDD), Ministry of Interior, Provincial DAC and provincial [...]


After a first introductory workshop to its collaborative planning process, ACCESS facilitated two Component Collaborative Planning Workshops, on 10-11 June 2019 for the disability workstream and on 13-14 June 2019 for the GBV workstream. The workshops brought together ACCESS government counterparts and selected implementing partners to define a joint approach to achieve ACCESS outcomes. It provided an opportunity for all stakeholders to identify synergies and reduce duplications between their respective work and to plan activities in a more coordinated [...]


ACCESS hosted an introductory workshop to its collaborative planning process on 31 May 2019 at Phnom Penh hotel.  HE Hou Samith, Secretary of State from the Ministry of Women Affairs, HE Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General from the Disability Action Council and Mrs. Sarah Wadley, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy gave opening remarks. Attended by approximately 75 stakeholders from the Disability, Gender Based Violence and Public Financial Management sectors, the workshop gave ACCESS selected implementing partners an opportunity [...]


Phnom Penh, 25 May 2019: ACCESS organised a two full days workshop on Disability Inclusive Development on the 23-24 May, 2019 at Cambodiana Hotel. Attended by staff from the Disability Action Council (DAC) and disability focal points from line ministries, the workshop was an opportunity to share short case studies of disability inclusive practice located in the Cambodian context, the Asia region and elsewhere internationally to demonstrate different approaches. These examples provided the basis for participants to identify priorities and [...]


Phnom Penh, 26 April 2019: ACCESS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), organised workshops on “2020-2022 Budget Strategic Plan (BSP) Preparation”. Held on 24 April with MoSVY at the ministry and 25 April with MoWA at Cambodiana Hotel, the workshops focused on the discussion and dissemination of the Ministry of Economic and Finance’s instruction for 2020-2022 BSP preparation. All relevant line departments of MoSVY and MoWA [...]